Are you an after school teacher that wants to lead a woodworking club that incorporates nature and the outdoors? Did you know there is an extinction crisis happening among birds? Birdlife International notes, “Instantly recognizable and beloved bird species including Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus, Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica, and European Turtle-dove Streptopelia turtur are all now globally threatened with extinction.” With this threat, how can we teach children about birds and their habitats through a woodworking club?”
TIP #1: Invite children to learn more about the needs of birds.
With these threats of distinction, there’s a lot of information out now about birds. It’s time to get youth involved in understanding why birds are going extinct, the impact and how they can help. For starters, invite children to research what birds need. This includes, food, shelter, water, nesting, and shelter. This is a great starting point.
TIP #2: Talk about what a Bird Sanctuary looks like.
Once children have researched what birds need to survive; invite them to design their own bird sanctuaries. Encourage them to draw pictures.
TIP #3: Introduce Birdhouses.
Get curious. Ask questions.
- What makes a good birdhouse?
- Do birds actually use birdhouses?
- What is the purpose of a birdhouse?
- How do you set up a bird nesting box?
TIP #4: Build a Birdhouse.
There are many DIY Birdhouse kits that include all the materials needed to build. Here are a few options that I found:
You can also collect materials and make your own birdhouse from scratch. The possibilities here are endless.
TIP #5: Install, Observe & Reflect
- What did you learn about?
- How to help birds?
Ask specific questions that are tailored to your specific group.
Now I want to hear from you. Share your Nature-Based Woodworking Club experiences in the comments below or with our community on Facebook.
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