Birds are all around us and they have something to say! Just listen for a minute as you play in the backyard or take a walk in the forest and it won’t be long before you’ll hear a bird’s beautiful song.

Because each species of bird has its own unique song, you can identify a bird without ever laying eyes on it!

This makes “birding” a great way to not only explore the outdoors, but also build listening and focus skills as well as phonemic awareness. Yep, I just mentioned a pre-reading skill that birding can foster, phonemic awareness!

Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds found in words. It is a critical skill for children to master on their journey to becoming readers.  To build this skill, children need countless opportunities to strengthen their listening and attention muscle.

Let’s Meet the Birds!

This bird listening game is the perfect pre literacy activity because in order to correctly name the bird by its song, the listener must focus only on that sound and listen to the unique qualities that make up that sound. Hey, that’s just like sounds in our alphabet!

If you are ready to strengthen your child’s listening skills and get them ready to read, check out the activity pack below. If you love it, fill out the form below and I’ll email it to you so you can add this fun pre literacy game into your next circle time!