What to Look For
Children will spin the spinner to determine how many birds to put
on their wire.
At first, some children may clip birds to the wire without regard to
the spinner. They are exploring the physical properties of the
clips and balancing the birds.
Some children will compare how many birds they each have on
Some children will quantify how many birds they each have at the
end of the game.
Switch to larger birds and clothespins for younger children. They
may find the larger size easier to manipulate.
For more advanced children, use one or two standard dice.
Questions to Extend Thinking
Do the wires have the same number of birds?
How many birds will you have if you get one more?
How many birds could sit on this wire?
If one bird flew away, how many would you have?
Integrated Curriculum Activities
Switch to a subtraction game (“Birds Fly Home,” activity 5.11),
after children have had many experiences adding birds.
Put bird nests in the science area (see More Than Magnets,
Include feathers as a collage material in the art area.
Sing songs about birds (see More Than Singing, activity 2.2).
Read books about birds, such as Good-Night Owl, by Pat Hutchins
(New York: Macmillan, 1972), Owl Babies,by Martin Waddell
(Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 1992), and Flap Your Wings and
Try,by Charlotte Pomerantz (New York: Greenwillow, 1989).
Drill the holes in the
dowel to hold the wire
before gluing the dowels
to the base.
To further secure the
wire, wrap it around the
dowels and then secure
it in place with plastic