Are you ready for the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch? What activities have you got planned? We have a few ideas below.

Did you know that we have lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife (source: RSPB).

Children love to see and hear birds. And what better way to practice those early numeracy skills by counting birds that come into your garden, school garden or park? Transform a shelter into a bird hide or viewing point, such as the examples above. Camo makes a great cover up!

Why not make your own bird hide using recycled cardboard. We love this example from @teameyfs

Grab your binoculars, a clipboard and pen to keep a record of what children see and how many. Posters make a great educational cover for fences - cheer up the dull fences and panels.

Another great activity is to create bird feeders to attract the birds in readiness. Or make your own binoculars using craft roll tubes.

Why not sprinkle bird seeds into a tuff tray and then create a secret bird hide to watch and see what visits the tray? Add scoops and channeling for children to play with the seed later too!

Some more Great British Bird Watch play activities from our Cosy Club Members and Friends:

Fill a tray with small world wooden birds - the wooden ones above are perfect for children's hands. Can the children recognise any birds? Add bird seeds, feathers, a nest and books to enhance the play and learn opportunities.

How to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB

Taking part is as easy as 1,2,3

1. Watch the birds around you for one hour

2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch

3. Go online and tell us what you saw

Featured products:

British Wildlife Birds and Animals

Forest Fern peephole


Tuff Spot Tray

The Little Book of Song Birds - with sounds

Bugs and Birds Poster

I Spy Posters Set

We hope that you feel inspired by these Big Garden Bird Watch activities for children. Don't forget to tag us in your bird watch play.

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With thanks to The Cosy Creatives for this blog post.