Science & Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids

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, you’ll find these materials relevant and fun! With engaging, self-paced slideshows, these activities can be self-guided for kids in grades 3-8, while K-2 learners will probably need an adult guide.

Being in nature decreases stress and boosts creativity, so encourage kids to complete the outside portions as much as possible. 

To help students get the most out of the activities, we recommend you start with week one and complete the activities in order. But here are a few options for grouping if you have limited time. 

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Activity 1 – Diversitychildren reading

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 1  – Diversity


hands-on bird maskActivity 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 2  – Courtship



hands-on egg dissectionActivity 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 3 – Nests and Eggs



Girl unmasking eggActivity 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 4 – Birds Growing Up


boy coloring birdsActivity 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 5 – Bird ID


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 6 – Flight


Activity 7: Bird Behavior

Discover some common and surprising bird behaviors, what they mean, and how they help birds survive!

Activity 7 – Bird Behavior




boy outdoorActivity 8: Earth Expedition

Pack your bags and take a trip around the world to discover amazing birds and the scientists who study them!

Activity 8 – Earth Expedition



Smiling girl holds Pennington bird feederActivity 9: Feeding Wild Birds

Get to know your neighborhood birds by inviting them to dinner! Find out what birds eat, how birds’ beaks are related to their diet, and design your own bird feeder.

Activity 9 – Feeding Wild Birds



Activity 10: Think Like A Scientist

Scientists have many of the same traits as kids do! Scientists are curious, they observe and wonder, they ask questions, they are creative, and they solve problems. In this lesson, kids practice different ways of making observations.

Activity 10 – Think Like A Scientist


Activity 11: Bird Anatomy

How do birds spot prey from a mile away, and fly higher than Mount Everest? The secret lies in their bodies. In these hands-on activities, kids will explore the amazing anatomy of birds, and discover how their adaptations help them thrive. 

Activity 11 – Bird Anatomy


American CrowActivity 12: Crows are Cool

What bird lives in family groups, keeps an eye out for its neighbors, solves puzzles, and remembers human faces? The American Crow! Kids will learn more about the amazing lives of crows through videos and interactive activities, make a crow tool, and create a comic.

Activity 12 – Crows are Cool


Activity 13: Bird Conservation

Birds are an important part of a healthy ecosystem, and human activities impact their populations in both good and bad ways. Discover conservation success stories, explore ways you can help birds, and make your own conservation action plan.

Activity 13 –  Bird Conservation


Family QuestQuests

Chose from a list of exciting weekly quest options to engage the entire family! Complete one or all quests and share your findings.