We learned all about feathers today! That's what covers all birds' bodies. It helps keep them warm, helps some birds fly, and helps some camouflage. Ms. Bonnie taught us the words for different parts of a feather - our favorite part is the vane because that's the fluffy part and it's good for..... tickle fights! Later, Ms. Bonnie brought out Luna the lovebird who has lots of brightly colored blue feathers. After our nature walk we practiced some graphing and read one of our favorite books, The Pigeon Needs a Bath, by Mo Willems.
Birds are marvelous engineers! Today we examined real birds nests to see how they were constructed and what materials were used by the birds. Natural fibers like dry grasses and twigs are mostly what they use but, we noticed that some nests had feathers inside to help keep the baby birds warm. While outside, we tried making our own nests of natural materials. Back inside we met some canaries and wrapped things up by making a bird craft!
After learning about bird characteristics, we tried constructing our own nests using tweezers to represent bird beaks. It's a lot harder than it sounds! We can't believe how easy birds make it look! After building our nests we balanced marbles on top of our nests to test their strength. The marbles represented - you guessed it - eggs!