Nature Explorer – Nesting Birds


Starting to gather resources together for Nesting Birds week with Exploring Nature with Children curriculum in a couple of weeks. I find if I start gathering things early it often makes me think of other things that I could add and use in our nature study.

If you follow Raising Little Shoots curriculum there is a really lovely, supportive Facebook group that share lots of ideas. Some of the ideas I’ve been adding to this post of from wonderful people from this group.

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I’ll be adding our activities and other resources over the next couple of weeks as we get going. Here’s some ideas so far:

  • Bird spotting in the garden
  • Heading to a local wildlife reserve to spot birds with binoculars
  • Watercolour bird journaling
  • Make a nest – one member of the Facebook group suggested hiding different scarves around the house for children to find and then build a nest, another suggestion was chocolate nests!
  • Retelling with props the story of The Ugly Duckling

Binocular Adventures

Neither my daughter or I were feeling very well the other day, but really wanted to get out of the house. We weren’t up for a walk, but I decided to pop us in the car with a pair of binoculars, blankets and the garden bird ID cards (link below). We went to a local area that I thought might be good for a little bird spotting. I wrapped Floss up in the back with a blanket, put the windows down so we could listen for birds. We had a wonderful time. Floss loved using the binoculars and we managed to spot robins, blue tits, blackbirds, a crow and a squirrel.

The Power of Stories

Even when we study nature I like to interweave this more factual, exploratory learning with stories and imagination. I’ve chosen to delve into the traditional tale of The Ugly Duckling for Nesting Bird week with Floss. We have purchased the Early Years Curriculum Pack from Fiddlesticks.Education – it continues to be added to. One of the resources is The Ugly Duckling and we’ll be using these to explore number and letter learning too.


Birds Book – Really lovely illustrated book with interesting facts about birds –…/30009-rspb-birds-miranda-krestovn…/… (It currently has 20% off at Yes Bebe)

Birds – These birds come as part of a puzzle inside a tree, but we use them lots in smallworld play –… – BUSY10 discount code

Garden Birds ID Cards – Fiddlesticks.Education – we love everything the lovely Becca paints, they’re just stunning. I love the fact you can alter the size too —

199 Birds – the cardboard pages are perfect for taking this book out and about with you and a great spotters card for all around the world –

Garden Bird Song – Floss’s favourite right now. They do others in the series too –

50 Birds to Spot Cards – great pack of 50 birds we got ours second hand as they are no longer in print –

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