Science Sunday: design a bird



design a bird

We got together with our friends who are using the same science as us this week, coincidentally on National Bird Day.  I’d like to say we did it because of National Bird Day, but that’d be lying because we discovered that after the fact.


The Challenge: design a “bird”


Supplies to design a bird

cereal boxes, straws, blue tape (it’s the tape I have right now, there’s a little girl who’s using up all the tape she can find making “presents”)


We set the kids to design the best bird they could.  First we gave them some hints of you need two separate wings (front and back), and the back wings need to be smaller than the front.  Then we set them loose.


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They eagerly snipped and tore, and generally did a lot of designing, and in some cases undesigning, and then back up designs.  I think they spent a good 20 minutes designing their birds.

lost patience with bird design


Eventually the youngest kid in both families got tired of waiting.  So M started making a robot, and Princess headed off to swing.  Bother, in my fiddling I’ve lost the picture of M.


I’ve noticed I use the phrase “and then,” in my writing too much.  Actually, Jeff pointed it out to me when he was editing one of my Bible stories for me.  So, now I’m self-conscious about it, but it makes for a good transitional phrase.  I need to expand my vocabulary, or be less lazy, you’re call…….


End random stream of consciousness that I thought of.



Before flying we had to pose with our “birds.”  Or, I should say we made them pose.



And then they threw their birds.  There was a lot of cheating as they added in second or third throws to get their birds to fly farther.



Afterwards we discussed what made the different birds fly better.  Poor Superman’s bird didn’t fly too well, but it made a great trooper ship afterwards.


We looked at the bird that flew the best and noticed the wings were narrow, and that it had a couple of straws on it to support itself better, rather than the single straw others had.  One of the other ones that flew well had a rounded corners, which might have helped it fly better.


All in all it was a successful experiment, and my kids are already asking when we’ll get together with them again to do the next one.  So demanding.


I’m planning on writing a post for later this week with some bird resources I’ve found.  I have to admit the one I’m most excited about was getting that 50% off deal from Currclick on the lapbooking pages for our textbook.


So, how about ya’ll?  Any fun science going on this week, or did you find anything out?


16 responses to “Science Sunday: design a bird”

  1. Christy Avatar

    That looks like a lot of fun!

    I have some go to phrases that I use over and over again in my writing too.

  2. Semalee Avatar

    Just found your blog through Tired, Need Sleep and I'm a new follower! Thanks for hosting Science Sunday 🙂

    Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

  3. It looks like both families had fun with this project. Great job!

  4. Mama to 4 Avatar
    Mama to 4


  5. Mama King Avatar
    Mama King

    I like your writing style. It is very conversational…like a good friend telling me about her day. I also think your pretty funny! I like your tangents.

  6. I didn't know about the national bird holiday! I also use “and then” alot…too much.

  7. An Almost Unschooling Mom Avatar
    An Almost Unschooling Mom

    D, will love this post! He's been working on a glider, on and off all week. And, thanks a lot! I hadn't notice the whole “and then” thing – now, I'll see it everywhere. I use though, WAY too much. It's been driving me crazy, but I just keep using it 🙂

  8. Discovering Montessori Avatar
    Discovering Montessori

    Nice! I loved how the kids took their time to get their designs just they way they wanted them to be. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Discovering Montessori Avatar
    Discovering Montessori

    Nice! I loved how the kids took their time to get their designs just they way they wanted them to be. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Nicole {tired, need sleep} Avatar
    Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    It looks like they had a blast with this! And, can I say, I wish I lived in Texas right now instead of Minnesota. 🙂 Looks like beautiful, sunny weather there! Both Matthew and I love learning about birds; I think I'll save this idea for spring when we naturally start talking about birds – thanks for a great idea!

  11. Nicole {tired, need sleep} Avatar
    Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I'm not seeing a linky for Science Sunday today, and I even wrote a post this week! 🙂
    Let me know if you aren't doing the link-up any more (that would be a bummer though!).

  12. So cool that your kids can try their hands at engineering. Anna's school has “birds” in school soon, so your resources might come very handy.

  13. FairyLover Avatar

    I couldn't help but notice that some of the “birds” looked a lot like airplanes. If my son were doing this they would all be airplanes instead of birds. Or rockets as that is his favorite subject. Looks like everyone had a great time.

    Kathi Still trying to figure out science for my 3rd grader.

  14. MaryAnne Avatar

    I love your new Science Sunday button, and this is a very cool activity! I haven't blogged about science activities for a while; I'll have to fix that!

  15. MommyWise Avatar

    Reading your blog makes me want to add more science into our lives… all we do now is watch Sid the Science Kid. LOL

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