Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bird Beaks

Here's an easy activity that is fun to do at snacktime.

Talk about bird with your kid. Talk about chickadees with their little tiny beaks, ducks with their flat beaks, pelicans with their giant beaks. And then ask them about what types of food those birds eat. See if they can draw a relationship between beak size and food. (in other words, big pelican beaks eat big fish, goldfinches eat tiny thistle seed.)

At snacktime, set out dishes of a few differently sized foods. We used Rice Krispies, raisins, marshmallows, suckers, etc. Then provide the children with different sized "beaks." Some ideas include: tweezers, kitchen tongs, clothespins.

Fun, food, and learning too. Not much better than that!

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