Materials for introducing children to birds
In India, relatively little original material exists for young children to learn about and get excited by birdwatching. Our goal at Early Bird is to develop a variety of high quality educational materials for children, test these in the field and in the classroom, and refine and distribute the material for wide usage. Through birds, we also hope to encourage and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.
The print and e-resources we develop would be useful for schools and nature groups conducting their own after-school programmes with children, as well as for parents looking to engage their children in a meaningful and fun activity.
What's that bird? - Flashcards on common Indian birds
This is a set of flashcards on birds of India, which features 40 common species, to introduce children to the wonderful world of birds. These are slightly larger than postcard size, and printed on thick paper and laminated to withstand rough usage.
Each card features a photograph of the species on the front, and interesting information about it on the back. The text has been kept to a minimum, focusing on icons to convey information on food, habitat and size. The cards also feature a trivia section, which can be used to play educational games in the classroom, by following instructions given in a separate card that is included with the set. The flashcards are also an excellent resource for any beginner birder, child or adult! We have described 6 different games that can be played with the set, either by children on their own or through a facilitator. The instructions for these games may be downloaded at this link or you can watch our instructional videos to learn how to play these games.
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Foldable pocket guides to common birds
As the beginner birdwatcher learns to identify more birds, there is often a need for a simple pocket guide that lists the common species of the region in a portable format that can be easily carried in the field. This is especially needed for children who may be confused by the comprehensive and often bulky field guides.
We have produced a range of pocket guides for different regions to fill this need. The pocket guides fold into a size of 3.5″ x 8.5″ and are laminated for protection. Illustrations are shown for around 135-140 species in each, with winter migrants and selected other features (eg. Western Ghats or endemic species) marked separately. There are 10 panels with bird illustrations, and for ease of reference, the featured species have been divided into 5-6 categories based on habitat (eg. Wetland Birds) and behaviour (eg. Ground-feeding Birds).
Versions currently available include English language pocket guides (Peninsular India, Spiti/Ladakh, Andaman&Nicobar Islands, S Western Ghats, Pakke Tiger Reserve), as well as bilingual pocket guides in Hindi (Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan), Kannada (Karnataka), Konkani (Goa), Malayalam (Kerala), Marathi (Maharashtra), Tamil (Tamil Nadu, Salem) and Telugu (Andhra Pradesh). The illustrations in all versions have been used with permission from “Birds of the Indian Subcontinent” by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp.
Posters for Classroom Display
A series of attractive posters on common Indian birds of different habitats, from wetland and woodland birds, to grassland/farmland birds and birds that live around human habitation. The posters are available in multiple languages and can be freely downloaded from our resources section. Print copies may be purchased from our website. Also check out the posters in an interactive format!
Jigsaw puzzle on wetland birds
A 40 piece jigsaw puzzle on the migratory birds of India featuring five beautiful birds that visit our wetlands in winter. The pieces in the puzzle are sturdy and ideal for use by children. Buy this puzzle on its own or as part of a discounted gift pack.