Bird Watching

Eliza Clark
June 6, 2013

Bird watching is often seen as the province of dedicated naturalists, eccentric hobbyists and retirees with plenty of time on their hands. But preschoolers? Well, you may be surprised to learn that preschoolers can also become quite fanatical about bird watching. And when you think about, it makes perfect sense: they love the outdoors, they are devoted to their hobbies and they do have lots of time on their hands (or rather, on yours!).

Although unlikely to be found silently stalking through the wilds with binoculars and field guide, preschoolers do enjoy watching the warblers that make their nests nearby. The best way to give your kids a good look is to hang a bird feeder near a kitchen window. It's easy to make a bird feeder with your children out of a milk carton or even just a paper tube.

With a simple chart of local birds or a good bird watching manual, you can help your ornithological enthusiasts identify species, and learn a bit about their habits. And small bird lovers will be enchanted by Audubon's collection of realistic plush birds with authentic sounds recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. So that even when the local Chickadee is not near, your little ones can still hear his song.

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