After creating the page featuring all nine birds together, I printed a copy for my 12yo son to color. He used Hunting Red*, AllAboutBirds.org, and our beloved National Geographic Birds of North America* field guide to accurately color each male bird. I chose to draw all males, although there is a mix of males and females in Hunting Red*.
He scanned the completed page, and printed it on cardstock to see how it looked. Beautiful! I laminated the colored bird page, along with the name cards, and cut them all out. Then it was off to the park to play Bird Search — which is exactly like hunting for Easter eggs, but the fun is year-round!
The children stayed on the playground while I went to a little stand of trees nearby. I hid some birds in the branches of the evergreens, some on the ground under those branches, and some I stuck into the bark of a deciduous tree.
I laid out the name cards on the ground so the children could place each bird with its name as they found them. For my 5yo, I added the encouragement of “hot and cold”: “You’re getting warmer, warmer…oh, colder now, warm, burning! You found it!”
After all the birds had been found, we played 2 more times – once with my boys hiding them for their little sister, and once I helped her hide them for her big brothers. Each time we moved to a new location in the park.
I hope you enjoy the printable set! It was fun to create and plan to make additional sets based on the other flora and fauna of Hunting Red*. In the meantime, before you hunt for eggs — hunt for birds!
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