Kidszone Activities

Activity 1

Collect some different feathers, eg wing, tails, body and down feathers.
Examine them closely. A park lake with ducks is a useful source.

Why do birds have feathers?
(Warmth, flight, camouflage, display).

Using the large outline picture below, label; head, beak, wings, legs, feet, eyes, tail
and feathers.

Compare this with an outline of a human and label; head, mouth, arms, hands,
legs, feet, skin, hair and clothes.

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Activity 2

Observing predators in action
Watch how birds such as blackbirds, thrushes, robins or blue tits
hunt for their prey.
If you get a chance, watch a kestrel or grey heron hunting
Watch a ladybird or spider inaction.

Matching predators and their prey
Some of the predators listed may eat several of the prey animals, but see if you can match them with their most likely prey.

Draw a table similar to the one below and choose one of the listed prey animals for each of the predators – there is one for each!

PREY
Fish, Small birds, Flies, Snails, Voles, Dragonflies, Slugs, Rabbits, Pigeons, Rats

 PREDATORS
 PREY
 Kestrel
 Buzzard
 Barn owl
 Peregrine
 Song thrush
 Sparrowhawk
 Hedgehog
 Frog
 Hobby
 Kingfisher

Activity 3

Here is a simple game to show how two eyes are essential for binocular vision
Close one eye.
Hold out both hands, at eye level, some way in front of your face.
Point the two index fingers inwards, towards each other.
Now – with that eye still closed, move your two hands together and try to touch the
two fingers, tip to tip. Sometimes they meet, but often they miss – it is far more
difficult than it sounds.
Try it again with the other eye closed instead. Now try the same thing with both
eyes open. With two eyes we can judge the distance exactly, and the fingers touch
every time!
This is very important if you are swooping down to catch a mouse on the ground!

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Activity 4

Jumbled food chains. Rearrange in a likely order.
1. stickleback, small water plants, kingfisher, water fleas
2. rabbit, grass, buzzard
3. sparrowhawk, thistle seeds, goldfinch
4. great tit, oak leaves, cat, caterpillar

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Artemis Fowl

Widlife Researcher at Save The Hen Harrier
Conducting research in Wildlife of the United Kingdom, alongside project Artemis.

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