Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

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Learning Activities for Look Up Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard {a Poppins Book Nook post at LibraryAdventure.com}

Young kids love to get outdoors and explore. They run, play, learn, and enjoy all through exploration. Adults might take certain aspects of nature for granted, whereas young kids view them with great awe and wonder. As parents, teachers, and librarians, we can grab that natural awe and help it blossom into fruitful knowledge and gratitude for our amazing world.

Wildlife particularly grabs kids’ attention in the great outdoors. Deer, rabbits, raccoons, dogs, cats, birds. It’s all so varied and amazing. Even within one of those species, we see beautiful variations.

Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (a Poppins Book Nook post)Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick, 2013) celebrates that variety by sharing about different kinds of birds and how to enjoy and learn about birds. This lengthy picture book showcases various birds in both information and illustration. While the book has a comic book tone, the information is extensive and the more serious illustrations of birds are beautiful and detailed.

This book presents useful, applicable information for bird watching through silly (but fun!) conversations between birds and even the reader throughout the book. Each spread includes facts (also told in a conversational tone), then various birds all over the page making goofy comments.

The author creates certain birds with specific personalities that carry throughout the book.

Accompanying Learning Activities

If your child/student is interested in birds and the outdoors, pick up Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard and try a few of these accompanying activities:

Make Your Own Bird Feeder

To entice birds closer for your viewing, make a few bird feeders for your yard:

Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard {LibraryAdventure.com}

Learning Printables and Resources

Bird Nature Study Printables

Arts and Crafts

More Books about The Great Outdoors

Wild Tracks! by Jim Arnosky (Sterling, 2008) – A beautiful book with many images of different animal tracks.

Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature's Footprints

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, Illustrated by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1956) – An older picture book that sweetly shares the importance and many purposes of a tree.

A Tree is Nice

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer, Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle, 2013) – This book shares awesome numbers associated with different aspects of various animals’ lives. Super cool information!

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animals Lives

What about the great outdoors interests your kids? What bird activities do they enjoy?

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  1. Birdwatching is huge around here – I’m sure any of those bird feeder ideas would be a big hit.

  2. Thanks for sharing. We don’t get those birds here in South Africa, but you’ve given me inspiration to make up my own unit study. Thank you.

    • I love when other ideas help me come up with new ideas for my region or family’s needs. I’d love to read about birds in South Africa!

  3. We really enjoy bird watching. We feed the birds every day and my kids love to point out our visitors and try to identify them. It is a great way to experience nature. I am adding this book to our to read list, I know they will like it!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  4. We did the same book! My oldest and I just have become birdwatchers, keeping the binoculars handy at all times now. We are currently able to observe 2 yellow-crested night herons out our back window. It is fun! Love all the resources you listed.


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