Welcome to our very first virtual activity bundle! For many years, we’ve been creating book bundles for our patrons. Books bundles are a stack of our favorite books on different subjects, all lovingly bundled together and ready for you to grab and go. They’re a great way for parents and caregivers to quickly pick up quality books without looking through our huge collection of picture books.
While we still plan on making (and possibly even expanding) book bundles, the youth services team is extending this idea so that you have access to great materials from the comfort of your home. That’s where virtual activity bundles come in! In these bundles, we will compile a list of books, songs, videos, at-home activities and other resources that you can use to explore different subjects with your child. Each virtual activity bundle will be based around a theme and will be geared towards a certain age group.
Without further ado, let’s get started with our first virtual activity bundle!
Chirp! Cheep! Caw! These are some of the happy sounds you might hear outside your window from our favorite feathered friends—birds! Birds are such beautiful and interesting creatures; my little one can watch the birds eating from our bird feeder all day long. If you and your child want to explore the fascinating subject of birds, check out the resources and activity below.
- “The Best Nest” by P.D. Eastman
Mr. and Mrs. Bird’s search for a “better” nest leads them to some peculiar spots.
- “Bluebird” by Bob Staake
Follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm.
- “Ollie” by Oliver Dunrea
Friends Gossie and Gertie are waiting and waiting for Ollie to hatch. They try poking, listening, even sitting on top of his egg—but Ollie just won’t come out. But Ollie is determined that he will decide when it’s time to hatch.
- “Birds” by DK
Fly with amazing birds over deserts, seas, woodlands and lush rainforests. From pink flamingos to chattering parrots and racing roadrunners, there are lots of feathered friends to meet.
- Two Little Black Birds
Sing along with DBRL librarians to this classic fingerplay about opposites.
- DBRL “Birds!” playlist
I created a playlist of songs on Freegal all about birds that will have you dancing and quacking up!
Identify Fun Facts About Birds (1 minute)
Learn some cool facts about bird basics.
- Interesting Facts about Birds (3.5 minutes)
This video shows interesting information about all types of birds, from penguins to hummingbirds.
Build your own bird nest.
- Head outside with your child, pretending you are birds that need to build a nest. What will you build your nest out of?
- Collect items such as sticks, leaves and grass.
- Create your nest. There’s no rules here—just have fun! It’s harder than it looks, right?
- Talk to your child about how birds make their nests. Many of them glue their nests together with materials like mud, spider webs and their own saliva!