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Bird Bingo

Bird Bingo

18/02/2014

Bird Bingo

We found this fun activity on the brilliant 
Nature Detectives site.

Children love the idea of bird watching but when it comes to sitting for long periods and waiting, they obviously have limited patience and shorter concentration spans. Also bird watching can be hit and miss depending on your garden or park - some have a wider variety of birds than others.

This game makes it easy for children to succeed because it relies on them spotting birds doing different behaviours rather than spotting lots of different types of birds. The printable pdf sheet (shown below) has boxes to tick them off when they see the behaviour (just like crossing numbers off in the game bingo).

This activity can be done in groups for example with a whole class. You could also run Wildlife Kate's webcams on your whiteboard in the background while children are working and they can spot some of the behaviours on there. See the entry for Wildlife Kate in this section.
 
Alternatively an individual child at home can keep the sheet for several days until all the behaviours are checked off and dip in and out of playing in quiet moments.

The worksheet could also be taken on school trips to a forest or bird sanctuary or on a holiday or road trip.

Before starting the activity make sure the children know what each behaviour is that they are looking for. To make it easier for the children to identify them a parent or teacher could find them some YouTube videos of each behaviour.




You can find the bingo sheets here.







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