THE SUREST SIGN OF SPRING IS BABY BIRDS.
If you’ve ever had birds build a nest near your window, you know how amazing it is to watch a nest of eggs become a nest of fluffy little chicks.
This craft provides a fun way to kick off the spring season. Have your students look at pictures of their favorite bird before decorating the bird and egg. We used crayon and markers to color the egg to get the crayon resist look. Our bird’s eyes are eyeball stickers. When you are finished making the craft, place a small rock or a coin in the bottom of the basket to keep it from tipping over.
BIRD FUN FACTS
· Scientists have evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
· Birds have hollow bones, making them light enough to fly.
· The Ostrich is the largest living bird. Ostriches have eyeballs that are almost the size of a tennis ball. Their eyeballs are larger than their brains.
· The smallest living bird is the hummingbird. Hummingbirds can fly backward.
· Owls swallow their prey whole. Then spit out the bones and pelt.
· Penguins can jump 6 feet into the air.
· An albatross can sleep while it flies.
· Most hummingbirds weigh less than a nickel.
· Woodpeckers hoard acorns in the tree holes they “drill” with their beaks.
· The starling, and many other birds, sing notes that are too high for the human ear to hear.
· Have you ever heard the expression, “Canary in a Coalmine?” Coal miners used to send canaries down into the mines to test carbon monoxide levels. If the canary passed out, the mine was too dangerous.
· The bald eagle builds the largest nest, measuring about 9 1/2 feet across.
· The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in other birds’ nests. It relies on the bird that built the nest to hatch and feed its young.