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In cold weather, it's a good idea to help smaller birds to survive by putting out food for them. You can hang a bird feeder off a tree branch, or even on a washing line. If you don't have a garden, you can hang a bird feeder from a hook just outside your window. That way you'll be able to watch the birds close up.
Help your child to make a simple bird feeder. Here are some instructions from The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for a bird feeder made from a plastic water bottle.
If you would like to read more, there is good advice on feeding wild birds, including "dos and don'ts", on the DSPCA website.
Once you've hung up your bird feeder you can sit back and enjoy watching the birds that visit your new bird restaurant.
Encourage your child to identify common visitors. For photos and more information, click on this Photo Bird Ireland website.
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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