The Children’s Services department at the Main Library has partnered with Riverfront Fort Wayne and started a new venture this summer called Little Science Explorers at Lawton Park. The first topic we explored was BIRDS!--which happens to be one of my favorite topics! I had the hardest time choosing what book to read and what birds to focus on because there are so many different kinds!
Do you know what bird has the largest wingspan that can fly? It’s the Andean Condor! Can you guess how looooong the wing is from one tip to the next? It’s about 10 feet long! Since we know what the biggest flying bird’s wingspan is, what about the smallest? Check this book out about tiny birds to read more about the smallest ones. Don't forget to read about the Bee Hummingbird!
Here is a fun activity you can do at home with comparisons: first think of the condor’s wingspan and then think of something really small, like a hummingbird. Cut a piece of yarn to the length of the condor’s wingspan and stretch it out between two people or line up smaller items to see how many paper clips it would take to reach from one end of the yarn to the other. Then, cut a piece of yarn to match the length of the hummingbird's wingspan! How many paperclips does it take to measure the hummingbird's wingspan? The difference is very noticeable! (Check out Measuring Penny by Loren Leedy for more ideas on how to measure with everyday objects!)
If you really love birds and want to explore some more fun books check out these:
- Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland
- A Bird is a Bird by Lizzy Rockwell
- Bird Nests by Hopkins
- Robin, Where are You? by Harriet Ziefert
- Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette Cate
- Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins
- Birds by Kevin Henkes
Come join us for fun explorations in Lawton Park on the first Saturday of each month. Here is the topic line-up:
August 5th - Stars
September 2nd - Aquatic Wildlife
October 7th - Leaves
November 4th - Signs of Winter
Hope to see you soon!