Out and About – Bird Watching
Regular readers will know that we love exploring the outdoors, and being a Zoology graduate, I am passionate about wildlife. Children are naturally curious, and bird watching is something that they instinctively do from an early age. A young child is fascinated by the many different varieties and the fact that they can fly. Throw in the joy you get from going to a local park and feeding the ducks and it is the perfect way to get children interested in wildlife.
Bird watching is actually a brilliant activity for a child’s development. It gets them looking at similarities and differences between birds, spotting patterns and by doing this being able to identify different species. And this isn’t something that is just visual – by listening to birdsong they can also recognise different types of birds. It fosters their curiosity and teaches them about the natural world. And the best part of bird watching is that all you need to do it is to get outdoors.
We were sent a Bird Watching Kit from Green Board Games to review and chose to put it to the test, bird watching in our local area.
Inside the kit are 24 bird identification cards, held together on a ring. They include pictures and a few useful facts about 72 common British and European birds. There is also some information about bird watching, recipes to attract birds to our garden, notepad for field notes and binoculars.
Freyja was very excited by the binoculars. They came with a strap so they could be worn around her neck whilst we were out and about. She loved looking through them, but in actual fact they were the most disappointing part of the kit. Their magnifying power was weak and didn’t really make it any easier to spot detail on the different birds we saw. You can buy quite decent kids binoculars that work much better than these, and I would recommend doing this if you do have a budding ornithologist.
The rest of the kit is lovely though. The identification cards clearly show identifying features of many common birds. The facts on the back of each card are interesting, without providing too much information. The recipe card is a lovely idea and a great way to get kids encouraging birds into gardens.
All-in-all, this Bird Watching Kit is a nice way of getting kids interested in birdwatching. The binoculars are disappointing, but the rest of the kit contains useful information. As the kit is fairly small too, it makes it very portable for taking on holiday or on days out, bird watching in different habitats. The kit costs £12 and is suitable for children aged 6 and upwards.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Bird Watching Kit for review, but as always, all opinions are our own