Suspend plastic or posterboard birds from ceiling (you can enlarge some graphics from a printing program, print them out in color or in "outline" form and color them yourself, then use rubber cement to attach them to posterboard).
Put window stickees of birds on windows, refrigerator, white board, or mirrors.
Sammy (Hap Palmer) -- one of the verses is, "If I was a bird I would fly to the store..."
Rockin' Robin (Another fun activity is to find a recording of this song and let the kids dance to it. If they are old enough, perhaps some simple dance steps could be choreographed for them to do together. For an example, check out "Rockin' Robin" on the Kidsong Video, A Day With the Animals).
(These are more effective if you use finger puppets or flannel graph figures as you do them)
Many different patterns are available to make birdfeeders out various materials. Check craft books, old Highlights Magazines, etc. Also check out The Weekend Workshop. One very simple way is to give each child a good sized pinecone, and let him spread peanut butter all over (reaching down into all the nooks and crannies). When finished, roll the pinecone in a bowl of birdseed. Attach some string, yarn, etc. to the top for a hanger.
If possible, allow children to watch a bird or chick hatch. If not possible to do this live, try to find it on a video.
Find some feathers and examine them closely (under a microscope, if possible).
Make a set of wings from posterboard. Attach string, elastic, or ribbon to secure to child's arms. Let child pretend to be a bird -- running and flapping. Talk about what kind of bird the child is. Ask questions like: What color are you? What do you sound like? What do you eat? Direct some conversation toward how it feels when the child flaps her/his wings down (the wind resistance). For older children you can explain how this helps the bird lift off and fly.
Find a recording of different bird calls, songs, etc. Help the children distinguish between some of the more distinctive sounds. Then take a walk (in the woods, if possible) and see if you can hear any of these sounds (owl, woodpecker, crow, bluejay, are very distinctive). You could take a tape player and record the bird sounds you hear. Also take along binoculars to better see these birds.
pictures of birds (if you are cutting and pasting, two exact pictures of each are needed) -- check programs like PrintMaster and Print Shop.
colored pencils or something to color birds with, if drawing
rubber cement (if pasting)
clear Contact paper (optional).
Make six cards of equal size out of posterboard. These cards should be no smaller than 6"x9". Divide each card (using a permanent marker) into 6 equal sections. Draw or paste a different bird in each section (so you will need 36 different pictures -- 6 cards x 6 pictures each). Cut 36 cards out of posterboard the same size as the sections on the large cards. Draw or paste a picture on each card (each one should be identical to a section of a larger card). Cover with Contact paper for durability, if desired.
To play: Give each child one of the larger cards. Place the small cards face down on the table (either spread around, or in a stack). Choose one child to begin by drawing a card. If the card matches a picture on his/her card, the small card is placed on that spot on the large card and the child draws again. If it doesn't, the card is returned to the pile, and play proceeds around the table. Any time a child draws a "match," he takes another turn. The first one to fill his/her card wins. To make this non-competitive, play till each child fills his/her card.
20 or so different pictures of birds -- 2 of each (check computer programs such as PrintMaster, Print Shop, etc.)
rubber cement (if pasting)
markers, colored pencils, etc. (if drawing)
clear Contact paper (optional)
Cut 40 squares (about 2.5" x 2.5") out of posterboard (two for each different picture you have, so if using 30 pictures, cut 60 squares). Paste or draw a bird on each square. Make sure that each card has an "identical twin." Cover with contact paper, if desired, for durability.
To play: shuffle cards, and lay them, face down, in rows (5 cards x 8 cards, if using 40) on the table or floor. First person turns over two cards. If they match, the player picks them up and places them in front of him, and turns over two more. If they do not match, he turns the cards back over, and play proceeds to the next player. Any time a player gets a "match," he gets to go again. When all matches have been made the person with the most matches is the winner.
Invite someone who can do bird calls/whistles to visit for a day.
Activity pages: find pictures of birds to color (one source is Bird Coloring Pages), simple mazes, etc.
Use birds to teach some basic colors:
Bluebird or Bluejay: blue
Crow (raven): black
Visit an aviary or a zoo with a good bird collection.
If you have a bird, show the children how you feed it, clean its cage, etc. Let them help.
Put out a bird feeder and/or birdbath at the beginning of the unit if you don't already have them. Make sure they are easily visible from a window. Spend some time each day observing the "visitors" to your bird feeder/bath.
Let the children put together puzzles of birds. (If you don't have any, make some out of bird pictures pasted on tag board or cardboard, then cut apart).