Have you read Mole and the Baby Bird? I was introduced to this sweet story at a teacher training a few years ago and I fell in love immediately. The story is about a Mole who finds a baby bird. He and the bird become good friends, but as the bird grows, Mole wrestles with his love for the bird and his knowledge that the bird is meant to be free. Read this book and then ask your little ones, “What would you do if you found a baby bird? Keep it in a cage, or let it go free?”. And then ask yourself.
With the birth of my little boy, this story gained an even greater depth of emotion. I can’t imagine the day he will grow up and leave my little home. Hopefully, he’ll be obnoxious enough in his teenage years that I’ll have something to hold me back from throwing my arms around his legs and refusing to let him leave. There will be tears. But little birds are meant to fly free, and little boys are meant to be men. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
Enough of the sappy stuff, lady. Since your little people are tiny and currently within arms reach, read them this sweet story, ask important questions, learn important things, and do some fun activities to go with Mole and the Baby Bird. Here’s our lineup!
Cooking: Baby Bird Fruit Salad
Sensory: Magformer Bird Cages
Craft: Boingy Bird
Game: Feather Float
Song: Five Little Ducks
Science (STEM): Protect Your Peep!
Reading: Ducks in the Pond Reading Game
Mathematics: 10 Square Easter Egg Math
Writing: Mole and the Baby Bird Writing
Ta-ta! See you next week!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.