Springtime brings new birds to our backyard. The boys love watching the birds -- and the pesky squirrels-- play on a tree outside the kitchen. We've been studying birds and one of our favorite books is "Birds" by Kevin Henkes. We've been observing and recording birds, sorting bird feathers, and even painting with bird feathers.
In this story, a girl wakes up to hear birds singing. As she goes through her day, she observes and comments on features of birds. She wonders aloud about birds. She tries to mimic the flight of birds. In the end, she discovers the one thing she can do that birds can also do.
The illustrations and the simple text of Kevin Henke's "Birds" makes it a wonderful choice for preschool children. There are many preschool concepts covered in the book- colors, numbers, ordering objects by size. Also, in the book there are many "I wonder" questions that promote problem solving and creative thinking like, "If I were a bird, I'd ask where all the other birds go when it's stormy and they can't get home to their nests".
Book Activity for Birds by Kevin Henkes
Observe and record colors
Sort feathers and make patterns
Paint with Feathers
We wanted to try and experience what the sky might look like if it were painted with feathers. We used some feathers to paint a colorful sky picture.
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