Often sharing a book together will spark a game or activity in our house. But, last weekend the boys decided to build a bird hide to watch the numerous birds who feed in the garden. Only at the end of the day did I find this book to share, “The Birdwatchers” by Simon James (ISBN 9780744575927).
Here is how their play evolved. First they built a hide using one of the play tents so they could watch the bird feeder.
Then they set up with notebooks, pens, binoculars and a bird identification book.
The hardest part was staying quiet long enough!
But we were graced with several pigeons, blackbirds and a robin who came several times to see what we were up. The boys made a note of what they saw in their notebooks.
S was also keen to photograph the birds, but it proved quite difficult due to their speed and our inferior camera.
However, it was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon and sharing “The Birdwatchers” made the boys want to explore further. We have had several birds tallies on the way to school this week! On Saturday we went to Minsmere RSPB Reserve where the boys could experience a ‘real’ bird hide.
I wonder what we shall see next?