Language Works

Bird Homes

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A young girl outside playing with rope tied to trees and bushes.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to develop a sense of identity and belonging as well as to use writing for a variety of purposes.

Materials Needed:

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Go for a walk, step into your backyard, or participate from your window.
  2. Look and listen for birds. Which ones are most common in your area? What sounds do they make?
  3. Refer to a bird guidebook or app to identify each bird. Then look for nests. Based on your child’s interests, discuss the following questions:
    1. Why do birds make different kinds of nests?
    2. What kinds of homes do other animals have?
    3. Why are homes important for people and animals?
    4. What do you like best about our home?
  4. Draw the birds you see and try writing the name of birds you see.

Learn More: Try making nests at home using yarn, paper, or other materials. Are some nests stronger, softer, or more durable than others? Why? What kind of nest would your child like to live in?

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