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A special thank you to Lindsey Brown, Owner of Brown’s Family Child Care in Venango County, who shared the following activity.

Plant pollinating plants and flowers to attract birds, butterflies, bees, and other insects for children to be able to observe. Provide journals, clipboards and pencils for children to be able to document their findings!

Have children make bird feeders out of recycled materials for the bird watching area.

Materials: Bird feeders, bird seed, bird houses, bird bath, and garden.

Ages: 3 and up.

Directions: Set up a bird watching area outside by adding all of the above materials to a designated space outside for children to view backyard birds.

Standards Aligned: Physical Activity 10.4 PK.B, Social and Emotional Development 16.2 PK.A, 16.3 PK.C, Scientific Thinking 4.1 PK.A, 4.1 PK.E & 4.5 PK.B.

Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood are research-based according to age and development, and form the foundation for curriculum, assessment, instruction and intervention within early care and education programs. Learn more.


About the creator of this activity

My name is Lindsey Brown and I own and operate a group home child care program (Browns Family Childcare, LLC) in Venango County where I have a preschool program, a before & after school program, and a summer camp. I am a nature-based program, with a homemade nature-based curriculum approved through Department of Education and aligns with the PA Early Learning Standards. I also work part time as an Early Childhood Education Consultant for Farm to ECE and nature-based activities. 

I’ve been in operation for almost 11 years. I love my job because I get to inspire the love of nature, education, health & wellness into the lives of our youngest learners through hands-on activities, real life experiences and events. Seeing their curiosity spark because of something I’ve provided or taught them keeps me motivated to do more. I’m planting seeds in children that could be helping sprout our future leaders, teachers, gardeners, scientists, botanists, farmers, health advocates and more. Learn about resources from Lindsey Brown’s Nature-based Preschool Curriculum.

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