Birding is a great hobby for all ages to enjoy, and there are many things that kids can learn from birds that can help them throughout their lives. Not only can they learn directly from birds, but in becoming birders they will develop essential skills and be able to take advantage of other benefits of this great hobby.
Why Kids Love Birds
Children love all types of animals, from the slimy to the slithery to the furry to the fantastic. Not only are birds great animals for children to observe and learn about, but they also fascinate kids in a way that other animals can’t: birds can fly.
Retold by S. E. Schlosser
It happened in Georgia not long ago, that a farmer and his wife decided to sleep late, like the rich folk do. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, the kind that brings all God's creatures out to play. But not these farm folk. No, they just slept and slept and slept.
The Cock and the Pearl is an Aesop Fable
Here it is retold by S.E. Schlosser
Scratch. Scratch. Peck. Cock was strutting around the yard, busily looking for good things to eat. Peck, peck scratch. He gobbled down a piece of barley-corn with greedy satisfaction. Yum!
Cock stretched his neck up high, and flapped his wings in delight. Then he shook out all his feathers and strutted to the far side of the yard, eyes alert for more good food. Several hens were scratching industriously around the fence post, but he ignored them. He was searching for any spare barley corn that might have been overlooked by the other chickens at feeding time.
It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play in. But the cold increased tenfold, and they began to worry. The little animals were being buried in the snow drifts and the larger animals could hardly walk because the snow was so deep. Soon, all would perish if something were not done.