First, I want to say a big thank you to Mel of Mel's Desk for sharing her patterns for the Five Little Birds. They were fantastic. I had such fun making them and the kids really liked them, too.
I used Elizabeth Mitchell's version of "Little Bird, Little Bird, Fly Through My Window" with the birds, but I also asked the kids some questions: which bird only has 2 colors on its body? What three colors do the other four birds have on their bodies. The week I did my birds story time I also had outreach story times at a local elementary school where I read to 4 grade levels. The older kids liked trying to identify the birds. The cardinal was called a red robin a lot. Several children identified the chickadee correctly which I thought was wonderful as I'd had to make a substitution for the gray felt as I didn't have any.
I'd like to make a few more birds, ones that are common/native to North Carolina like the Robin, Bluebird, and Indigo Bunting. One day!
Thanks again, Mel, for sharing your great patterns!