Life Cycles: Birds

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a bird life cycle made out of felt.


Bird

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The Bird life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Hatchling

3. Adult Bird

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  The type of bird is called the Red-flanked Bluetail.  Each stage fits nicely into a little nest as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult bird.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult bird.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the bird lives and direct them in placing the picture with the nest on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Bird


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

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