Keeping with our bird unit, it was now time to learn about the wonders of the feathers & feet of birds.
|This experiment came from The Rogers' Family Circus and it's fantastic. Fill one baggie with ice, another with feathers. First, place the baggie of ice on your hand & notice how cold it is. Now place the feathers on your skin & put the ice baggie on top. Notice that the ice doesn't feel quite so cold anymore. This was a great way to really show my kids how important feathers are.|
|This also came from The Rogers Family Circus. I gave each of my boys a feather & asked them to get their feather wet using a spray bottle. They noticed how yucky the feathers became.|
|We also read & discussed the feather page in our Encyclopedia Britannica book.|
|Capt. N added a couple feather books to the duck pages in his notebook. I believe I got the books from Homeschool Share.|
|They played a matching game I printed from Fernbank Science Center. There are pictures of birds & pictures of feet. The boys job was to match the foot with the bird it belonged to.|
|The boys then made replica's of bird feet out of pipe cleaners. From Tired, Need Sleep.|
What I loved most about these projects was how engaged my boys were. They already knew some things about the feathers & feet of birds, which was fantastic because then they were both able to take part in our discussions. They also learned a few new things - like preening. And, now they are even more aware of what makes each type of bird unique. Occasionally, they will comment about the feathers or feet of a bird they spot outside.