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12 Activities of Christmas 4: Four Calling Birds

Here’s a fun, low-prep activity which encourages children to listen more to the natural world around them and engage their wonder for the world. It can be used for groups of any size.

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:

What you will need:

  • Bird sounds video or app (here’s a good example)

Doing the activity:

Talk to children about different bird noises.

Start out with ones they are more likely to know. For example, can they make an owl noise? What about a chicken?

Play the bird calls and ask the children what is different between the sounds (e.g. ‘the peacock made a big shout but the blackbird did lots of little tweets’).

White-crowned sparrow mid song on a tree I saw whilst hiking around Lake Agnes at Lake Louise, Banff, Canada.
Photographer: Andy Holmes | Source: Unsplash

Encourage the children to do impressions of the birds and discuss which is their favourite.

Adapting the Activity:

As this plan doesn’t really focus on Christmas, there will be no problem using it as a non-Christmas activity.

Tracking the activity:

22-36 months

Communication and Language: Listening and attention; “Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.”

30-50 months

Communication and Language: Listening and attention; “Listens to others one to one or in small groups, when conversation interests them.”