how we are celebrating RSPB big school's birdwatch
This week we are joining in the fun over at RSPB's website.
Their Big Schools Birdwatch is running from 27th-29th January 2018.
They need your help to register and tell them what birds you can see in your garden or local park. It’s totally free to register and they send you a pack of goodies to help you get started.
Heres what we've been getting up to this week as we prepare for it.
Make your own bird feeder
You will need:
- 1 lard
- 3 cups bird seed
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup oats
- small flower pots or containers
- a spoon
- a bowl
- First combine all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix wit your hands- this is the fun bit, it gets incredibly sticky!
2. Once all of your mixture is evenly spread and your lard is more of a ball shape. At this stage you can add more ingredients if needed.
3. Use a spoon to place the mixture into your pot and press it down into the base. This will fill all of the gaps. Fill up to the very surface of your pot.
4. Poke a hole using a pen, pencil or tool (adults only) through the pot and mixture. Pull your string up through it.
5. Place in the fridge or freezer until completely hard.
6. Squeeze the hardened mixture out of your pot and knot the string at top and bottom, pressing the hole to make it secure.
7. You can now hang it in your garden for birds to find.
Feather Colour Sorting
We read this book together, its a wonderfully charming and funny book. It inspired us to create a Cockatoo feather sorting activity. I ordered this feathers from Baker Ross. They have a huge range to choose from, perfect for a theme like this one. We use them for tuff tray play, crafts, maths....well almost everything!
first we spoke about the colours we could see and the size and shape of the feathers.
Next we used our coloured egg boxes to sort the feathers by colour. It was a good opportunity to talk about different shades of the same colour.
Once all of the feathers were sorted by colour, we read the story once more. My child seems so much more focused the second time. The story seemed to mean more after exploring the feathers.
Stained Glass Birds
I was inspired by beautiful and intricate stained glass window birds I had seen when researching for this theme. I wondered if I could simplify the designs to make them suitable for a sensory craft. The results were far better that I expected.
First I drew our my design onto black sugar paper then cut out with scissors and a craft knife. I prepared this part away from my sensory child as it takes a while to cut precisely and I didn't want to be rushed.
I laminated the delicate paper birds so they were sturdy for sensory hands.
I purchased these pre cut tissue paper squares from Baker Ross. They save so much time and are really good value for money. We used PVA glue on the surface of the laminate. We next chose colours at random to stick on the inside of our bird.
The beauty of this craft is that you can not go wrong. My child could complete the task independently and they still look amazing. Leave to dry, then cut the birds out leaving a small edge so the laminate pouch remains sealed.
We held them up the the window. They instantly look amazing and shoot the colours across the inside of our kitchen. My sensory child looked very impressed.
The true magic happened the next morning. We woke up and came downstairs. The sunlight was beaming through the tissue paper and bouncing streams of colours across our walls and floor. Such a beautiful, yet simple craft that you use have to try.