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Bird Beaks

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Bird Beaks

Learn how birds beaks are adapted to let birds eat various foods in their habitat. This activity simulates bird feeding by giving learners a chance to try out different "beaks" or tools, including tweezers, chopsticks, toothpicks and a spoon to pick up different-shaped "foods" such as dry rice, beans, rubber bands and marshmallows. Learners enter online which beaks they chose as the best for picking up food, and see their results graphed along with results entered by other learners. This activity page includes a link to several activities about birds. Take it further by going birdwatching to birds feeding in nature!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • spoon
  • tweezers
  • toothpick
  • chopsticks
  • cups
  • beans
  • rice
  • marshmallows
  • rubber bands
  • plate or pan
  • computer with internet connection (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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