There are so many fun ways you can feature a preschool bulletin board about birds! You’ll find several themes below to choose from, but you can also take ideas from each and come up with your own unique board. When this board goes up in your classroom, it’s sure to get attention.
All about birds –
This bulletin board teaches children three very important facts about birds: All birds have wings, all birds have feathers, and all birds lay eggs. As you build this bulletin board, group photos or illustrations with like information.
All birds have wings: Find pictures that show different actions associated with bird wings – fluffed out, flapping, flying, being preened, etc. In the case of penguins, you can show them using their wings to flap or “fly” through water. Ostriches don’t fly either, thank goodness, but they do have wings because they are *birds.*
All birds have feathers: The feathers of birds are very important, because they help the bird stay warm in cold weather. They are like the bird’s coat or jacket! Feathers come in many pretty colors, too!
All birds lay eggs: Feature photos of various types of nests with eggs in them. Count the eggs, talk about the shape of the nest and the way the bird parents take turns keeping the eggs warm. Post a few photos of chicks at various stages of growth after they are hatched.
Colorful birds –
This bulletin board features the many colors of birds in creation! Display a rainbow arching at the top of your board and then below it, line up some birds of various bright colors. Ask students to point to a bird and then point to the part of the rainbow that matches the bird.
Birds that are red or mostly red include the Scarlett Ibis, Liwi, Northern Cardinal, Common Rose Finch, Scarlet Tanager, Pine Grosbeak and the Vermillion Flycatcher.
Blue birds include the Indigo bunting, the Eastern and Western Blue Jays, the Eastern Bluebird and the Indigo Bunting.
Birds that are green include the Common Peafowl, Thick-billed Parrot, Green Parakeet, Green Jay, Blue-throated hummingbird, Ruby-throated hummingbird and other varieties of hummingbirds.
Orange birds include the Black-headed Grosbeak, Olive Warbler, Altamira oriole, Streak-backed Oriole ; Baltimore Oriole, Flame-colored Tanager and Red Junglefowl, a direct ancestor of the domestic chicken!
Birds with lots of yellow are the Rufous-capped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon’s Oriole, the American Goldfinch, Eastern Meadowlark, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Bunting and the Evening Grosbeak.
Comparing Birds –
This bulletin board helps children learn about opposites. Which birds have big beaks? Which birds have little feet? What about long (big) tails? This board focuses on how different species of birds compare to others in looks or design:
Big feet vs. little feet: Focus on feet for this board. You can finds many illustrations and photos of birds on a site called “What Bird.” Find birds with big feet (eagles, ostrich, rhea, etc.) and place them along side birds with little feet (blue birds, chickadees or hummingbirds).
Big beaks vs. little beaks: Compare the size of beaks on this board. Big beaks belong to toucans, ostriches, and pelicans, among other birds. In comparison, hummingbirds have teensy tiny beaks, as do many other birds like wrens, chickadees and finches.
Big tails vs. little tails: Birds with long or “big” tails include the peacock, Scissor-tailed flycatcher, pheasant, turkey and, Long-tailed broad bill. Many other birds have little or short tails, such as the hummingbird, European starling, and Eastern screech owl.
Why not take advantage of preschoolers’ curiosity about nature? Once you build your bulletin board and develop it with your own ideas, introduce it to the children, along with finger plays and songs about birds.
Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the board while you observe and answer their questions. Then, next time you’re outside on recess, enjoy spotting birds and talking about what you’ve learned together!