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“The Big Book of Birds” by Yuval Zommer

I could not finish this Summer without exploring another fantastic and beautifully illustrated nature book by Yuval Zommer. Last month we looked at the book “The Big Book of the Blue” and this month we are learning more about birds in, “The Big Book of Birds.” This epic juvenile non-fiction takes the reader on a factual journey about all kinds of different birds and everything about them. From feathers and flying to bird calls and songs, it is a delightful, colourful, informative, and easy-to-read look into the world of birds.

Published by Thames and Hudson. From the Hamilton Public Library juvenile non-fiction collection.

Inspired Activity: Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Bird

I found this great activity on Instagram and loved the adorable results. The reality is there are thousands of bird species and with them, hundreds of creative, fun craft and activity ideas, but I loved the simplicity of these cute birds and the fact that we could use recycled cardboard.

Supplies we used for this project:

  • Recycled cardboard (cut into a bird shaped body)
  • Scraps of various coloured yarn (for weaving)
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s white school glue
  • Pipe cleaners (for the legs)
  • Scraps of various coloured felt (for the wing)
  • Googly eyes (for the eye)
  • Crayola markers to colour in the beak

I first prepped the birds by cutting out the body and then snipping short slits all around the edge of the birds body. This is necessary to hold the yarn in place.

While my oldest was hard at work creating her bird my youngest practiced her cutting skills by cutting up little bits of yarn. Truthfully, this craft was not suited for my 2-year-old and it was actually a bit challenging for my 4.5-year-old. It took a lot of patience and guidance to walk her through this craft, but she eventually got the hang of it.

She pushed through and completed weaving the bird herself. We finished each bird off by adding a colourful felt wing, pipe cleaner legs, and a large googly eye. She really enjoyed playing with all three of the completed birds we created together. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon of family-time crafting.

In a library setting

This activity is well suited for children 5-12-years-old and would make a fantastic Spring themed drop-in library program. Kids could make these birds as simple or as elaborate as they like, using as many or as little colours as they wish. The great thing about this activity is that it uses very few materials and includes recycled or scrap items. It would also be simple to incorporate a storytime or book display all about birds.

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