Discovery Time: Birds

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In this activity, young learners, (2 years and up) explore bird behavior and adaptations by providing a homemade bird feeder and observing birds. Includes step by step instructions in the video and pdf, a "What's Going On" section with background information on birds, book list and suggested resources for extension. Requires scissor use

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Pinecone
  • Twine or string
  • Bird seed
  • Short strip of paper (long edge of paper cut in half)
  • Nut butter or sun butter or shortening
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Binoculars (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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