Our theme this month at home has been birdies (autistic kids love unifying themes--everything tied together with a nice big harmonious bow is comforting and structured). Since Toe and Roo and Mommy all love birds, we've had extra fun reading about, watching and "playing" birds. Here are some of our (low-cost!) activities from this avian August...
1.Meeting new species and making bird friends through the special power of kids' literature. Fave library books have been Edward the Emu ("Free to Be You and Me" for 2010), The United Tweets of America (very funny, but, no, not about Twitter!), Stellaluna (okay, a bat is not a bird, but still...), Owl Babies (a very wise book), P.D. Eastman's The Best Nest & Are You My Mother?, Backyard Birding for Kids (fun by the ton!), and of course all the Mo Willem Pigeon books.
2. Birdentification. Lucky for us, we get a wide variety of warblers here near the Mississippi River, but we're also close to an amazing and deeply-wooded nature center that is a haven for everything from egrets to goldfinches. We've done a bunch of birdwatching there, making pals with some of the other regulars (cottontops). Roo has even spotted several species of the enigmatic and elusive "Green Bird!" (leaves).
3. BirDVD. On rainy or brutally hot days, we also watched Fly Away Home (sniffle!) and 3 movies about penguins: Surf's Up, Happy Feet and (sob!) March of the Penguins (after which I had to be sedated). I don't want to really want to talk anymore about it than that.
4. The 3 Cs: Crafts, Coloring and Crazy Birdlike Behavior. This here is where we took us some glue, stryrofoam, feathers, crayolas, a cheap pine craft house from Joanne's, backyard sticks, alligator clips, etc., and basically created anambient microcosm of the bird world. Nests, a birdhouse, and of course, taxanomic looking baby birds (I'm not sure that's a word, but it fits). There was also a fair amount of tear-assing around the house and yard while yelling imitation bird calls and flapping our "wings" (as you can imagine, this is what the lads enjoyed most, neighbors least).