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Mar 072013

Do you love birds as much as we do? Learn about backyard birds by using realistic looking replicas from Safari Ltd. Quick – how many birds can you identify in the picture below?

Learning and Play with Backyard Birds from Safari Ltd and a Giveaway

Meet the Backyard Birds

I was excited when Safari Ltd sent me a Backyard Bird TOOB to review. I have seen lots of great activities with the little replicas but had yet to get any for Aiden {probably because there are just so many choices}. The Backyard Bird TOOB immediately caught my eye. My husband, Patrick, is an avid birder and used to research birds before becoming a teacher. His passion for birds has spread to Aiden and me. We love searching out birds, listening to their calls, and identifying them. The replicas provided a lovely opportunity for Aiden to see the birds up close.

I looked at the replica birds and tried to identify them. Then, I checked my identification skills with Patrick. I was curious to see how accurate the replicas were. The bottom of the replicas have the name of the bird. I accurately identified the Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, and American Robin. I knew the Pileated Woodpecker was some kind of woodpecker and assumed the oriole was a Baltimore Oriole. I thought the Indigo Bunting might be an Eastern Bluebird. {Patrick pointed out there was no orange on the front.} I also guessed that the Yellow Warbler was an American Goldfinch. Patrick got all seven right. This goes to show you how accurate the replicas are {and that I need to work on my identification skills}.

Aiden can identify the same three birds as I. Robins have been frequenting our apple tree all winter because there’s a berry bush growing within it. Aiden watches the robins from the window and tries to walk up to them when we’re outside. We often see cardinals and Blue Jays as well.

Aiden’s Favorite Way to Play with the Backyard Birds

Aiden loves to engage in pretend play with the birds. Most often he has the birds playing in play dough talking to one another. I’ve heard the birds talking about cousins lately.

Cardinal in Play Dough

He also wanted to make a nest for the birds. We looked up what a cardinal’s nest looks like and tried to replicate it. The female cardinal uses her feet to bend twigs for her nest. The sticks we had were too dry to bend, so we just placed them about.

Pretend Play Cardinal Nest

Aiden wanted all of the birds to join the nest {some were the male cardinal’s babies – not sure where he ran off to}. Even the Little Hoot’s owl friend joined the fun.

Pretend play - birds in a nest

A Giveaway from Safari Ltd **Giveaway Closed**

The winner is Sara R. (comment #8).

Would you like to win your own TOOB? To enter to win, just leave a comment below! {Make sure you enter your e-mail address so I can contact you.}

Safari Ltd is offering an extra special bonus prize to the giveaway winner. If the winner is following Safari Ltd through social media, the winner will receive an extra surprise giveaway prize. You can follow Safari Ltd via  FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google+. Let me know in your comment how you follow Safari Ltd! {Leave only one comment total. Extra comments will be deleted.}

The Rules:

No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. Sweepstakes starts on 3/7/13 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 3/14/13. One entry allowed per person. Eligible to U.S. residents, 18 and older. I use the plugin And the Winner is to randomly select a winner from the comments. When the giveaway ends, I will contact the winner by e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I randomly select a new winner.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll share more of how we learn with the birds in the future.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Safari Ltd. I was given product in exchange for the review. See disclosure policy for more info.

  45 Responses to “Learning with Safari Ltd Backyard Birds and a Giveaway”

  1. I teach a 3-4 year old preschool class with an
    emphasis on nature. Safari Ltd. products are the most realistic and kid friendly ones out there!

  2. I found you via Pinterest and now follow Safari Ltd. on Pinterest, too! My 2 y.o. has a stuffed cardinal and it’s our state bird (VA). Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. We love birds in this family

  4. These birds look awesome! I would love to add them to our animal collection.

  5. My 5-year-old loves birds and he would truly enjoy this great set from Safari! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  6. I love the nest you made for the cardinal! My son just loves learning about birds (or any animal for that matter!) I follow Safari Ltd on FB.

  7. I’m a homeschooling mom and my kids love bird watching.

  8. We are starting our bird unit next week. I would LOVE to use this bird toob…but can’t find it anywhere. It’s even better now that I’ve “seen” it in action! We also follow Safari LTD through FB and Pinterest. :)

  9. My son and I love Safari replicas! They are accurate and durable. How many other toys can go from the bath tub, to the sandbox, to the playground slides without getting completely destroyed? I follow Safari Ltd. on Facebook and Pinterest.

  10. What fun! Found you via pintrest. Would love to use these to play and learn with my little boy!

  11. My son really likes the look of these birds! He’s been wanting to build a nest lately.

  12. Love these! We are looking forward to reading more on birds this Spring. Thanks for sharing

  13. We homeschool and my kids love bird watching! These would be a great addition.

  14. My daughter LOVES birds! She would love these!

  15. What a great Safari TOOB! I’ve never seen that one before! What a great way to learn common North American birds!

    I follow Safari on G+, Twitter, FB, and Pinterest :)

  16. I follow @safariltd on Twitter. Would adore this prize. Just posted on my blog yesterday about backyard birds. How awesome is the timing of this giveaway. Good luck to all!

  17. My boys and I are bird lovers and fans of Safari figurines! We bring them on trips to the zoo, romps through the woods and in the backyard to play with and match to the animals we see in real life. They are great for imaginative play as well as our homeschool studies!

  18. What a wonderful giveaway! We love doing different bird crafts and activities, so we would love this.

  19. We love the birdies in our backyard. This would be such a fun toy to add to the boys’ playtime.

  20. I’ve bought so many of these over the years.

    Oh, and I do like them on FB and follow on pinterest……

  21. I love Toobs! They are so much fun! I follow them through Facebook, pinterest and twitter.

  22. These are great. We love birds! Thanksfor the opportunity to win.

  23. We love the SAFARI TOOB series. My kids love to play pretend with the animals. A birds set would be a great addition for us. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  24. I teach local birds to my preschool class every year and would love the opportunity to use these great models.

  25. We love the Toobs and the plastic animals Safari makes at our house! We have a bird unit next month that these would be perfect for- I’m thinking adding and subtracting on a tree branch!

  26. follow by facebook

  27. These look so fun! My backyard birding boys would love to check them out. (BTW, I also followed Safari Ltd on twitter.)

  28. Ooooooo! I would love those birds for my kindergarten kids!! It would be great to add them to my block center with some natural materials.

  29. I was searching for backyard bird replicas to use in my preschool class. We are starting out bird unit in a few weeks. Thanks for the information!

  30. So cute. My daughter would love these birdies. Thanks!

  31. We love Toobs at our house, too – and my bird-crazy four year old would adore these!

  32. We’d love to add this collection of birds to our already large collection of Safari animals.

  33. My preschool class loves birds as we have several birdfeeders outside of our windows. The children do a great job identifying the birds. I would love to use these Safari toys in my science center.

  34. These would be wonderful for our spring bird themed sensory bin.

  35. I teach older toddlers and they are fascinated with watching birds. I will love to utilize these realistic birds in my classroom. I follow Safari Ltd on facebook

  36. We have a bird unit coming up in a few weeks. It would be fun to own these!

  37. Our twins pride themselves on being ornithologists! They would love this set. The Easter Bunny always leaves a toob full of Safari Ltd. replicas in their Easter eggs. They would be so excited to find these in them:)

    • And by the way, we have followed Safari Ltd. on Facebook for a long time. We love them!

  38. We love the TOOB animals and would love to add these to our Birdwatching Basket! I didn’t know they made these, now they’re at the top of my wish list!

  39. I just followed Safari Ltd on Google +! I absolutely LOVE their products and use them all the time at work … and at home with my own kids!

    The Backyard Bird set is great … I haven’t seen that one yet!

  40. We love Safari Ltd. and I am so excited to see their new backyard bird Toob!! So awesome!

  41. I would love for my kids to have this…my oldest loves animals and my youngest is being pre k homeschooled…thanks for the chance!!

  42. I follow via Facebook. Students at our cooperative nursery school would LOVE this addition to our nature centers. And what perfect timing when we will be seeing these beautiful creatures outside as spring arrives!

  43. This is an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. Love these! I have picked up a few birds that sing their song when pressed. I will have to get some of these to go along with my bird unit. Love to use the book “My Spring Robin”. Thanks for sharing!

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