Whether you and your kids are getting out for hikes and nature walks or just spending time in the park or your own backyard, birds are everywhere. Some kids are content to casually appreciate them, while many have a strong interes in learning more about birds and identifying them. To help nurture this, we have a few ideas for gifts for the budding birder.
• Binoculars. Every family should have a pair of binoculars, but an eager young birder may need a pair sized just for them. One option is the Terra Kids Binoculars by Haba ($35)
• Birdfeeder or birdhouse. Let the birds come to you. You can make one or buy one. An inexpensive idea are Popoutz (plastic or new, metal) which cost a little more than a buck each.
• Bird songs. Often we hear birds without ever seeing them so why not try learning bird songs together as a family. The Backyard Birdsong Guides have text and audio and focus on different regions of the country (there are also North American and International renditions) ($20-30). Younger children might prefer Bird Calls ($13).
• Bird identification guide. Older children may like the comprehensiveness of a Sibley's or Audubon guide book, but a portable Birds Fandex might be more fun and useful to a younger child ($10).
• Bird games. A great way to reinforce what you and your kids learn out "in the field" is to play games about birds at home. Puzzles, sticker books or perhaps this Bird Bingo ($15).