I stumbled upon How Do Birds Find Their Way? in the library while getting some books to supplement Anna’s Birds theme in school. We read it together and found a lot of interesting facts about how birds’ migration patterns and science behind it. This book is also good for geography, since it talks about finding your way using the Sun, the North Star and the compass. It also shows maps with migration routes for some of the birds.
The natural extension of the book is to go outside, discuss sun position in the sky and try to find north with the compass. I don’t expect Anna to really “get” compass reading just yet, but we did learn a few things:
- 1. Compass needle always points in the same direction regardless of where you are facing or whether you are inside or outside.
- 2. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. We were outside in late afternoon, so it was easy to find west.
Then she was happily “migrating” from the kitchen to the living room. Eventually she settled down to lay an egg. You cannot see it, but she is sitting on an Easter Egg with a “chick” (a button) inside. As always, her game needed to include food, so she had a lot of food “prepared for a long journey north”.
We also built “Lego birds” – I built one first, and Anna built an exact twin by looking at mine. They ended up being “rescue birds” – they were rescuing Lego people who were “falling into water” and bringing them on Lego ship. By the way, this Lego ship is a vintage piece that belonged to Anna’s papa.
I will hit many “linkies” with one post and link my post to Science Sunday hosted by Adventures in Mommydom, The Play Academy at Nature’s Store, We Play at Childhood 101. Read, Explore, Learn at JDaniels4’s Mom and History/Geography Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.