Science & Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids
Finding ways to engage kids during school closures can be challenging. We’re here to help! These hands-on activities are designed to explore nature and science with a combination of indoor and outdoor activities that will ease cabin fever. Whether you’re a teacher who needs to share easy-to-implement content with your students, or you’re a parent striving to best engage and educate your child at home, we think you’ll find these materials relevant and fun!
*To help students get the most out of the activities, we recommend you start with week one. While being in nature has been shown to decrease stress and boost creativity, use your best judgment and follow local recommendations for being outside.*
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Activity 1 – Diversity
From their dinosaur ancestors, birds have evolved into an amazingly diverse group. Discover diversity and adaptation through fun hands-on activities. Take the quest and share your experiences with our Facebook community!
Activity 2 – Courtship
Known for their glorious songs and early dawn choruses, birds rely heavily on sound. Why are they so noisy? Find out as we explore the first two stages of the nesting cycle in this week’s activities and quests.
Activity 3 – Life Cycles: Nests and Eggs
What do leaves, twigs, mud and hair have in common? They’re all used in nest building! Explore life cycles by engaging in hands-on activities and quests all around nests and eggs.
Activity 4: Life Cycles – Birds Growing Up
Getting ready for adulthood is hard work. Take a look at what life in a nest is like for baby birds. Discover similarities between human babies and baby birds.
Activity 5: Bird ID
Have you ever come across a bird and wondered, “what is that?” In this week’s activities, we’ll give you tools to solve your bird ID mystery.
Activity 6: Flight and Migration
Preparing for take off! If you have ever wondered how birds stay up in the air, why they migrate, and how they relate to airplanes, explore this week’s activities.
Activity 7: Bird Behavior
Discover some common and surprising bird behaviors, what they mean, and how they help birds survive!
Activity 8: Earth Expedition
Pack your bags and take a trip around the world to discover amazing birds and the scientists who study them!
Chose from a list of exciting weekly quest options to engage the entire family! Complete one or all quests and share your findings.