Bird-Watching Projects for Kids

Favorite Foods Bird-Watching Project

Different kinds of birds have very different ideas about what makes a nice meal. See which birds eat which foods with the Favorite Foods Bird-Watching Project.

What You'll Need:

  • Pie plates
  • Several kinds of bird food (birdseed, sunflower seeds, oats, bread crumbs)
  • Paper
  • Pen

First, gather several different kinds of bird food, including birdseed, sunflower seeds, oats, bread crumbs, and anything else you can think of. Put each kind of food in a separate pie pan, then put all the pie pans outside, a few feet apart. Watch from a distance or from inside to see which kinds of birds eat which foods. Keep a record of this.Try putting some of the pie pans on the ground, and some up high in bird feeders or trees, and watch what happens. Then, switch the pie pans around. Put the ones that were on the ground up high. What do you discover? You'll probably see that some birds prefer to eat on the ground, while others only eat in the trees. Birds may ignore even their favorite food if it's in the wrong place! If you try this activity at different times of the year, you may see different kinds of birds.Continue reading for a project that will help you get up close and personal with your neighborhood birds.For more fun crafts and bird-watching activities, check out: