Collecting birds is great fun for the summer months. Of course, I’m not talking about actually catching birds! But bird watching for kids is a fun summer adventure and pretty easy to do.
Get a journal and some colored pencils. You might also find some binoculars helpful. Set aside some time every day to sit outside and watch for birds. When you see one, try to determine what type of bird it is. Write in your journal what type of bird, where you saw it, and what it did. Make a little drawing of the bird. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but using the colors you saw on the bird will help you remember it.
If you see the same bird more than once, go ahead and enter it again. This will help you determine which types of birds are most common in your area.
If you don’t know how to identify the different birds, get a good book to help you. One suggestion is Backyard Birds (Field Guides for Young Naturalists). Another book you might find interesting is Backyard Bird Watching for Kids. While this book does not include as much information on identifying birds as the first, it does have lots of tips on how to make your yard more attractive to birds.