For the Birds
When Peppa Pig is feeling hungry, she loves to eat ice lollies. Blue loves to eat crackers and apples!
What do YOU like to eat when you feel hungry? Everyone loves a snack, even the birds in the park.
Helping to take care of living things, like feeding birds in the park, helps children to develop skills that will lead to empathy — like learning how their actions affect others and imagining how others feel.
Parent/Caregiver Tip: One of the best ways to teach your child empathy is for YOU to show empathy towards THEM. Acknowledging their big feelings and helping them to manage their emotions has the added benefit of teaching them how it feels to be accepted and understood.
- Let’s bring a cereal snack with us on a walk or to the park.
- Let’s look for some birds. Do you think they’re hungry? Are you hungry, too?
- Let’s share your cereal with the birds. You can toss a handful and watch the birds eat. You can eat some, too!
- How do you feel after your snack? How do you think the birds feel? Did our snack make them happy?
- berries, nuts, or grains, string or wire
- Have you ever felt REALLY hungry? What do you love to eat when you’re hungry?
- Every living thing needs to eat — even birds. Let’s make a bird feeder to help the birds find food.
- Let’s string small pieces of fruit like grapes, raisins, berries, and grains like cereal or popcorn onto a piece of string or wire.
- Let’s tie our bird feeder into a circle and hang it from a tree outside.
- Let’s watch for birds to come and have a snack. How do you think they feel to find such yummy food? Have you ever felt that way? How do you think they feel after they’ve eaten?