Birds are beautiful, amazing creatures. They stop and feed in our backyards and they fill the trees with song. By teaching kids about birds we can help them appreciate nature and learn about the world we live in.
Did you know that there are over 10,000 species of birds around the globe?
With such a large number of flying creatures in the world, as you can imagine, there are a wide variety of things to learn about while studying them.
Discover the similarities between them as well as the differences. Take a look at their habitats. Listen to their calls and see if you can figure out who is making what sound. Learn to identify a bird from its markings.
Add these hands-on activities into your science lessons. You can even add birds into your geography and art studies.
You might discover a new lifelong passion along the way.
Fun Hands-on Activities for Kids to Learn About Birds
Bird Beak Experiment – Bird beaks are specialized tools that determine what birds are able to eat. With this fun experiment kids will find out about birds’ beaks and what the differences mean for the birds.
Bird Chalk Pastel Video Course – Learn how to draw a number of birds in this chalk pastel course.
Bird Feather Lab – Birds are the only animals in the world with feathers. Kids can learn about feathers with this FREE STEM Club Bird Anatomy activity.
Easy to Make Bird Feeders – 8 simple to make, nature-friendly bird feeders that are sure to attract birds (and squirrels) to your back yard!
How Strong are a Bird’s Bones? – Birds can fly thanks to their hollow, lightweight bones. In this experiment kids will learn that hollow bones can also be very strong.
Learn to identify Birds with the Great Backyard Bird Count – Kids can learn to identify and track birds in their own backyard, then share those observations to help scientists understand bird populations around with world!
Migration Game – Kids can play an online game to learn about bird migration.
Owl Pellet Activity – Want to know what owls eat? Try dissecting an owl pellet to find out!
Printable Bird Foraging Game – Kids can learn to forage for food as certain birds do while “ornithologist” observe and document the “birds” behaviors.
Take a “Field Trip” to the Delta – Learn about habitat, adaptations, and food chains with this virtual birding field trip to the Mississippi Delta.
Watch Live Bird Cams – See and hear birds from around the globe in their natural habitats – find out how they build nests, gather food, and more.
More Bird Learning Resources
Books About Birds
- National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
- Backyard Birds (Field Guides for Young Naturalists)
- Beginning Birdwatcher’s Book: With 48 Stickers
- Bird Log Kids: A Kids’ Journal to Record Their Birding Experiences
- Audubon’s Birds of America Coloring Book
- The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon
- Ultimate Sticker Book: North American Birds
- Bird (DK Eyewitness Books)
Birding Study Guides
Additional Hands-on Science Activities
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- 25+ Myth Buster Science Activities
- Get Outside with Creative Nature Walks
- Raising Butterflies – Hands-on Science
What is your child’s favorite bird learning activity?