Preschool Programs Chapter

Go Wild About Birds

Books to Share

  • About Birds by Cathryn Sill.
  • Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie.
  • Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley.
  • Franny B. Kranny, There’s a Bird in Your Hair! by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor.
  • Welcome, Brown Bird by Mary Lyn Ray.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Albert by Donna Jo Napoli.
  • Bird Talk! by Ann Jonas.
  • Hummingbird Nest by Kristine O’Connell George.
  • Two Blue Jays by Ann Rockwell.
  • When Agnes Caws by Candace Fleming.


Glue or staple a brightly colored feather to an index card as a nametag for each child. Packages of feathers can be purchased from craft stores or fabric shops.


Wild About Birds

Set up a display about birds that includes books, stuffed toys, bird nests, birdhouses, ceramic figurines, carved objects, etc. A library patron or staff member might have a collection, or you might assemble one by borrowing from several individuals.



(By Barrie Teague Alguire)

Birds fly. (Make flying motions with your arms)

Birds cheep. (Hold your hand next to your mouth and open and close it several times like a duck quacking)

Birds hop. (Make a hopping motion with your fingers)

Birds sleep. (Lay your cheek on your hands and close your eyes in a sleeping pose)

The Baby Bird

(By Barrie Teague Alguire)

I’m a little bird (Fold your arms like wings)

Sitting on my nest, (Cup both hands together to form a nest)

Watching for my mommy (Place your hand above your eyes, looking around)

To bring me some food. (Rub your hands together in anticipation)

Oh! Here she comes now. (Point upward at a 45-degree angle)

I open my mouth wide. (Open your mouth wide)

Gulp! (Make a gulping sound and a swallowing motion)

A nice juicy worm! (Give a big smile)

Yum, yum, yum! (Rub your tummy happily)

Bird Seasons

(By Barrie Teague Alguire)

When spring flowers bloom, (Raise your hands up from your waist and spread your fingers in a blooming motion)

Little birds build a nest. (Cup your hands together to form a nest)

When the summer sun shines, (Arch your arms overhead to form the sun)

Little birds sing all day. (Open and close your hands several times like a duck quacking)

When autumn leaves fall, (Mime leaves falling to the ground)

Little birds peck for seeds. (Hold your left hand palm up and make pecking motions into it with your right hand)

When winter winds blow, (Hug yourself as if cold)

Little birds fly away. (Make flying motions with your arms)


“Rock-in’ Robin” on Child’s Celebration of Rock and Roll.

Audio Recordings

“This Song is for the Birds” on Silly Songs by Sesame Street.



Bird in a Nest

  • Bird pattern
  • Construction paper in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Small paper bowls or plastic containers to hold the shredded paper
  • Shredded paper

Photocopy the bird and wing patterns on various colors of paper. Cut out the bird body and wing, and cut on the dotted line on the bird’s body. The children insert the wing through the opening and fold it back against the bird’s body. Shred some paper, or gather shredded paper from a recycle bin. Fill the small bowls or plastic containers with shredded paper to form the nest and nestle the bird into the nest so it stands up.

Pinecone Bird Feeder

  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Yarn, cut into 12” lengths
  • Scissors
  • Paper or plastic cereal bowls
  • Paper plates
  • Wax paper or plastic sandwich bags

Collect pinecones, or if you live in an area where pinecones are not readily available, purchase them from a floral supply store or craft store. Cut yarn in 12” lengths. Spoon peanut butter into the bowls. Pour birdseed onto plates. Give each child a pinecone. The children dip the pinecone into the peanut butter, rotating it to fill all the crevices. Then they roll the pinecone in the birdseed. (Younger children may need adult assistance.) Tie a piece of yarn around the small end of the pinecone for a hanging strap. Wrap the finished product in wax paper or place it in a plastic sandwich bag for transporting home.

Safety note: Do not do this activity if any of the children attending are allergic to peanuts! You can substitute solid vegetable shortening such as Crisco.

Bird Headband Hat

Make a cardinal or jay hat using the patterns provided in Birds: Hat Patterns and Activities by Anne Diebel and Patt Newbold. Play “Rock-in’ Robin” by Bobby Day while the children wear their hats and dance along to the music. As an alternative, make a bird headband hat using the free bird clip art at Birding at

Guest Speakers

Invite the owner of a pet store or a volunteer to bring a parrot, parakeet, or other bird to show to the children.

Web Sites

Meet the Birds of Texas

A project of the Passport to Texas Radio Series and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Professional Resources

  • Birds: Hat Patterns and Activities by Anne Diebel and Patt Newbold.
  • Birds of the World (Kids Can Draw) by Philippe Legendre.
  • Paper Hat Tricks

    In addition to featuring patterns for headband hats, this site sells thematic books with multiple patterns for paper hats.


Texas Reading Club 2005 Programming Manual / Go Wild...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011