PLAY & FUN – kindergarten (3-6 years)

based  on USGS website

Connect the Dots

Download and print each page, then connect the dots to learn about pollinators, endangered species, and invasive species. You can add some color if you like, or put all the pages into a notebook. (grades 3-5)

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Make a Birdhouse

Birds don’t really live in birdhouses, but some kinds of birds will use them for nesting. These are birds that normally raise their chicks in hollow trees, but hollow trees are not as easy to find anymore.

These plans are for a Bluebird box, which may also be used by Tree Swallows, Chickadees, Titmice, and Wrens. Ask an adult to help you with the measuring and sawing.

Materials:

  • Standard board 1″ x 6″ x 4′ long
  • Standard Board 1″ x 10″ x 10 1/2″ long (for roof)
  • 1-3/4″ galvanized nails or screws — approx. 20
  • 1-3/4″ galvanized screw or nail for pivot point — 2
  • Double-headed nail for holding door closed — 1

Cut the long board like this to make the pieces:

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You will end up with these parts:

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Cut off the floor corners, so water can drain out. Make the door hole as close as you can to 1-1/2 inches in diameter; this will let Bluebirds in, but keep out House Sparrows and Starlings (which are invasive species). Put your birdhouse together with nails or screws. It should look like this:

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