Creating a Bird Spotters Trail

Posted on June 23rd, 2017

After making vintage tea cups and saucers into bird feeders I was keen to find a way to use these as part of our activity hour. As is so often the case, once I have an idea for a theme, then the whole afternoon plan begins to fall into place. A bird spotters trail along the old Welly Walk would replace my old tin can flowers with my 7 tea cup bird feeders and 2 bird houses to find and fill with goodies.

 

Creating a bird spotters trail

 

Every good bird spotter needs some binoculars

These were so easy to make and put the children in the right mindset. A couple of toilet rolls stapled together and some ribbon and we were ready for some creative painting.

 

 

With a gentle breeze and a glorious hot day, we hung the binoculars out to try ready for going on the trail.

 

Homemade binoculars drying in the sun

 

Goosey Gandar in the grass

While our binoculars dried we set to work turning paper plates into geese just like the ones at Coombe Mill.  A little clever cutting and folding gave some surprisingly good results. We showed them off against blue craft paper, picked grass for the geese to sit in and mounted them on card ready to hang.

 

 

Geese pictures and a real goose at Coombe Mill

 

This took just enough time to allow our binoculars to dry and everyone collected their bespoke coloured binoculars ready for the bird spotters trail.

 

DIY binoculars and Geese pictures made at Coombe Mill craft hour

 

To keep little legs motivated on our trail I handed out bird spotters trail sheets and pens packed with things to tick off and do along the way.

 

Welly Walk bird spotters trail farm worksheet

 

On an adventure along the bird spotters trail

The first thing to spot was the welly walk signs telling us the way to go. From here we were looking out for old wellies, tea cups and bird houses. I had a watering can ready to collect water from the brook and some birdseed with me; the children helped to add the seed to each of the saucers and fill the cups with water.

 

Filling teacups and saucers with bird feed and water along the bird spotters trail

 

At each step the children ticked things off. There were birds to try and spot through the binoculars and bird songs to listen for. Annoyingly the most prevalent bird was the crow after our chicken eggs from the adjacent field!

 

Looking and listenning for birds on the bird spotters trail at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

Bird spotters treat

My cane tunnel was still looking great and the children ran through to discover the lovely shallow paddling area in the brook the other side and the tree swing. This was the perfect place to play and enjoy the afternoon sun before the trek home.

 

Free Play down the bird spotters trail with a rope swing and stream

 

I am planning to work on the bird spotters trail sheets a little more and leave laminated copies in our reception for holiday guests to take and work though in their own time. Without a big noisy group of us there will be more birds to spot!  

 

 

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