Two weeks ago we put up our hummingbird feeders. We’ve really enjoyed watching the birds come to our suet and seed feeders so this was something new for Iddo. It immediately prompted her to ask what a hummingbird was and where they lived. We quickly looked up some photos of hummingbirds and their nests and I decided that after her nap we’d spend the afternoon exploring hummingbirds and learning about them.
When she woke up we hummed our favorite songs and we flapped our wings (arms) real fast.
We tasted sugar out of a bowl and used straws like their long beaks to drink some water. The straws were a big hit.
We were going to make soft little nests out of blankets but we got too involved with our art projects instead. We made little pompom hummingbirds (idea from here) using pompoms, wiggly eyes, toothpicks, and cupcake papers. And we did footprint hummingbirds (roughly inspired by this) and then she drew the black beak and orange eyes on it and drew a blue flower for it too.
We finished by reading one of our favorite books, “Little Green.”
Two days later when we saw our first hummingbird at the feeder she enthusiastically pointed out that it was using it’s long beak like a straw to get a drink.
But the best payoff was that night while Brett was putting her to bed and she told him, “Momma is my friend because she played with me while I made hummingbirds.”