Building With Fathers Is Special
I love it when my daughter and her Daddy (in our family he is known as Papa) make something together. My husband is a very organized person, and he brings the level of planning to his projects, even cooking projects, that I quite lack. While working with him, Smarty can really appreciate how deliberation doesn’t prevent creativity, but instead helps in producing things that look good and last for a long time. She can also appreciate how measurements and math are instrumental in real life. Their last big project together was building a birdhouse for our backyard.
Learning Woodworking Skills
My husband didn’t only plan the birdhouse itself, he also gave some thought on how Smarty can help. Intuitively he knew how to scaffold her skills, so she could do some things, like sanding, entirely on her own, and some hammering and drilling with a lot of support and supervision. Smarty was in paradise doing “real work”. She is now asking for her own toolset for her next birthday.
Join The Great Backyard Bird Count
I really tried to photograph birds visiting our birdhouse, but I am just not fast enough. You will just have to trust me that they do. California winter is a great time to see migratory birds, but we see a lot more small birds (mostly local sparrows and finches) in our yard. Smarty is hoping that they might want to make a nest in our tall bushes when spring comes. We also plan to join The Great Backyard Bird Count that runs from February 14 to February 17. You can learn more about this program by clicking on the link or the image above.
- Last year we celebrated a National Bird Day with bird watching around our neighborhood.
- How Do Birds Find Their Way? – A book and an introduction to a compass.
- My blog friend Erica has a wealth of resources on birds, since her older son is a passionate bird watcher. Check out her nature posts and her Pinterest board For the Birds.
- Michelle McInerney from MollyMoo blog wrote a superb article for Spoonful about upcycled bird feeders.