10:05 am CDT, Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Witte Museum bingo card makes a game out of birdwatching
Here’s an activity Witte Museum educators created for children to connect to nature right outside their door.
Backyard birdwatching bingo helps kids increase their observation skills as they match characteristics of their feathered neighbors to those described on the bingo board.
Can you find a bird preening its feathers or perched on a wire? Mark four squares in a row and you win! Find this and more fun activities on the museum’s website, wittemuseum.org.
Ingrid Wilgen, staff writer
Where can you step outside and observe wildlife? Do you have a yard behind your house, an apartment balcony or a nearby park? No matter what your “backyard” looks like, there are many things to discover. Use this activity to look for birds in your backyard. How many feathered friends can you find?
Find a spot to sit or stand and stay still for a few minutes as you search for birds.
Stay quiet; birds can be scared of loud noises.
Listen, then look; birds make many sounds.
Look to where you hear their call.
Look toward areas with trees or bushes; birds like to hide.
Search up, down and all around; birds can be found everywhere.
Watch for birds at different times of the day.
How to play
Materials: Printed birdwatching bingo card, marker, binoculars (optional)
Directions: Step outside and look for birds. When you see one that matches a description on the bingo card, mark it off with a marker. Four in a row in any direction (left/right, up/down, diagonal) makes a BIRD and wins!
Continue the fun and see if you can mark all the squares on the game board.