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Day 5 - Nature Walk & Bird Feeder Craft Craft for Kindergarteners

By ARobin

This is the final installment of a series of lesson plans geared for teaching students about autumn and nature. In this particular lesson, you will take the children on a nature walk, do an art project, and work on math and language skills.

Materials and Class Preparation

For today's lesson, you will conduct a review on the discussions concerning trees, colorful leaves, hibernating animals, and nuts.

Keep the morning's discussion brief, so you will have time to go on a nature walk with the children. If a nature walk is not possible in your school yard, organize a short field trip to a tree filled park or to an orchard.

For today's material list, you will need:

  • Large pine cones
  • Ribbon
  • Peanut butter
  • Shortening
  • Cornmeal
  • Large bag of birdseed

Circle Time Discussion

  • Review tree names and facts.
  • Review animals facts about hibernating animals
  • Inform students about the planned nature walk. Instruct them on certain things to collect while out walking: leaves, nuts, pine-cones and small twigs
  • Discuss with children that even though birds do not hibernate, they have a difficult time finding an ample supply of food in the winter time. Explain to the children that for art today, they will make bird feeders.
  • Before leaving on the nature walk, provide each child with a paper sack for autumn collections.

Activity

  • Lead children on a nature walk outside or to a tree filled park. Ask children to describe the colors of the trees and the feeling of the temperature outside.
  • While out, assist children in locating the autumn treasures that they are looking for.
  • Do not spend more than 20-30 minutes on the walk, in an effort to keep the children's attention and not allow the children to get bored.

Art Activity - Make Birdseed Snacks

  • Provide each child with a large pine cone.
  • Tie ribbon to the point of the pine cone.
  • Melt peanut butter and shortening into a large bowl. To the mixture, add the corn meal. Stir the mixture well.
  • Provide each child a paper plate and plastic spoon. Divide the gooey mixture between the children.
  • Instruct the children to spread the peanut butter mixture onto the pine cone using the plastic spoon. After the pine cone is coated, roll the covered pine cone in a bowl of birdseed.
  • Allow pine cones to dry throughout the day. Send them home with the children by carefully placing the pine cones in a seal-able plastic bag.

Math Skills

Language Skills

  • Ask children to describe the sights, sounds and smells of the nature walk.
  • Record answers on a chart and discuss the descriptive words.

Reading Suggestions

  • In November by Cynthia Rylant
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert