Learning About Birds in the Montessori Preschool Classroom

Birds play a crucial role in Nature and represent a great diversity of the animal kingdom. There are roughly between 9,000 and 10,000 species of birds.

Choosing to study birds is always guaranteed to be a popular topic with children in the school and a homeschool classroom.

I created a set of materials that can help you to generate more interest and engage children in a learning process – reading, spelling, sorting, train memory while getting familiar with some of their favorite feathered friends found all over the world.

Birds are fascinating creatures that can be found all over the world. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some birds have wings that are designed for soaring, while others have wings that allow them to fly quickly and dart around. Birds also have beaks that are adapted to their diet, with some using them to crack open nuts and others using them to catch fish. Finally, birds are known for their beautiful songs and calls, which are used to communicate with each other. Overall, birds are incredible animals that are worth learning more about.

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Birds lay eggs as a way to reproduce. The eggs come in many different shapes and sizes and are usually laid in a nest. The shell of an egg is hard and protects the developing chick inside. The colors of bird eggs can range from white to brown to blue and green. Baby birds inside the egg get all the nutrients they need to grow and develop, including food, water, and oxygen, from the yolk and albumen (egg white). Once the baby bird is fully developed, it will hatch from the egg and join its family.

Birds go through a life cycle that includes four stages: egg, chick, fledgling, and adult. Female birds lay eggs, which can range in number from one to dozens. The eggs are incubated or kept warm until they hatch into chicks. Chicks require lots of food, care, and attention from their parents. Once the chicks have grown enough feathers, they leave the nest as fledglings. Fledglings practice new skills like hunting and flying and eventually grow into adult birds. Adult birds mate and repeat the process by laying more eggs. This cycle ensures the survival of their species.

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This particular set of 3-part cards – Birds and Their Eggs is designed with children ages 2-6 in mind. Birds included: goose, chickadee, robin, blackbird, quail, junco, wagtail, ostrich, crane, seagull, finch, swan, hummingbird, pheasant, serin, penguin, parrot, cardinal, jay, warbler, chicken, dove, duck, sparrow, starling, cuckoo, lapwing, magpie, peacock, canary, bluebird, blue-footed booby, crow, eagle, flamingo.

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Some get confused when it comes to defining the difference between a chickadee and a tit bird.

The Chickadees are members of the same family although different species than tits. Tits are found in Europe and Asia and live in woodlands.  

The bushtit is the only species in this family that is found in North America. Also, there are two types of robins. The two species belong to two different families.

The European robin belongs to the world flycatcher family, while the American robin belongs to the thrush family.

You can watch the presentation I made of this printable – all the different ways it can be incorporated into your Bird Unit in the classroom. Check out these extensions.

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Birds Preschool Pack

These engaging learning activities for Pre-K and Preschool students were designed to help broaden children’s vocabulary, improve fine motor skills, and the ability to discriminate according to different characteristics, like color and size. The pack would be a helpful addition to the Spring and Summer activities and when studying vertebrates and birds.

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Here is what’s included:

  • color sorting cards with birds
  • types of bird vocabulary photo cards
  • toucan silhouette match-up cards
  • peg number cards (0-10)
  • nesting doll cards
  • DIY bird puzzles
  • do-a-dot coloring printouts
  • cutting and coloring bird puzzles
  • handwriting practice activity
  • birds and their eggs sorting/matching cards
  • birds and their covering – matching cards
  • bird nests cards with labels
  • bird sighting checklist for North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia/Oceania
  • “Make the bird” activity

The pack is suitable for children aged 2.5 – 4

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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