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March 30, 2016

Montessori Friendly Bird Themed Materials

As the weather warms up and the birds return to Minnesota, Henry suddenly has an intense interest in birds. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed that he has been gravitating toward birds and I've been scrambling to keep up. As a Montessori family, I try to follow my children's interests as much as possible. So, if one day its birds, I want to give Henry as many resources as possible to let him explore that interest.

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One way I did that was creating simple matching cards with these beautifully illustrated bird stickers. I simply laminated the stickers, cut into cards and printed out labels. To make the cards self-correcting, I added a number to the back of each label and picture. Easy and so well loved!

But, as I've been searching for ways for Henry to explore his new found interest, I realize there are so many amazing Montessori friendly bird themed materials available! Many looked so amazing that I had to share my favorites! 


Life Cycles: Robins
About Birds: A Guide for Children
Birds, Nests & Eggs
Feathers: Not Just for Flying
Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them
A Nest is Noisy
An Egg is Quiet


North American Bird Stickers
Backyard Bird Toob
Exotic Bird Toob
Soft Singing Birds
Schleich Birds
State Birds Coloring Book


Bird Bingo
Bird Feeder Jigsaw Puzzle
Montessori Bird Puzzle
Match a Bird Game
Wooden Bird Memory Game
Bird Trivia


Chicken Anatomy Model
Backyard Bird Flashcards
Life Cycle of a Chicken
State Birds Poster
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
Beginning Birdwatcher's Book
Common Birds and Their Songs - Audio Book


Build and Paint a Birdhouse
See Through Birdhouse
Audubon Bird Journal

Right now we have a few of these books and some of the singing birds! Henry has been using them constantly. I would love to get the matching game for him too. And, make some state bird work! 

Does your child like birds? How do you fuel this interest? Anything you would add to this list? 

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Hannah said…
I'm so excited to see this post! We are loving birds at my house, too. I got the bird matching game, a book and the Toob backyard birds for my little boy's Easter basket. (22m) We have been keeping four out at a time. He doesn't put them up, he even makes them go to sleep on the couch, because they don't stand on the soft fabric. I can't wait to check out everything on your list.
Unknown said…
love your blog!just want to know how do you introduce new toy to babies?
Anonymous said…
Especially nice because I love birds. D'Nealian print is used I see. I bought a moveable alphabet in this style.
My only suggestion, as with any other Montessorians' use of mats, that they be non-patterned. An exception would be the lines for letter placement : ] I don't understand why one would want a distracting background...please explain.