Birdwatching Station

Bird Watching Station

It never ceases to amaze me—the impact that the environment can make on the way children engage with the world.

Early one morning, I put together some of our new holiday gifts with our favorite birdwatching tools, to create a bird watching station. With freshly filled bird feeders outside and a cozy space inside, the girls woke-up and enjoyed a morning filled with observing and identifying our backyard feathered friends.

My favorite part was that I did not have to say anything to initiate the experience. The space was the provocation and was what inspired the girls to engage in the activity. They entered into it on their own terms and utilized the materials according to their own needs.

It was wonderful to witness their self-directed enthusiasm unfold…




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. I always go back to this post. I love the simplicity of it. I was so inspired that I added a similar station to the dining area of our home. It is on the side of our house where there is not much traffic. We purchased a humming bird feeder and plan on adding more to encourage birds to come to that part of our house so little eyes can spy on them. Should be fun! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Beautiful corner. What books did you put in the basket? I have a seven year old and two year old and helpful suggestion on books set out would be appreciated. Thanks

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