Ostriches are very interesting birds to talk to your students about. They are very large birds and cannot fly. Here are some great activities to incorporate into your lesson plans all about ostriches.
A great game idea is to play ostrich tag. Pick one person in your class to be it. That person goes around trying to tag all the other ostriches (students). If a student is tagged they are out and must sit down until the next game starts. However if a ostrich put their head to the ground (symbolizing an ostrich putting its head in the ground) they are on base for thirty seconds and safe from getting tagged. The person that is it must not hover over anyone that is one base and has to go after people that are not on base. Play this game until there is only one ostrich left. That ostrich is that winner. That person becomes the new person that is it in the next game.
A great craft idea is to make an ostrich egg. Tell your students that ostrich eggs are really huge eggs. You can even show them a picture or a real egg if you have one. Then proceed to make this craft. Give each of your students a balloon to blow up. Then after they blow it up have them tie it so none of the air comes out of the balloon. Next make a mixture of flour and water for your students to use. Have them cut long strips out of newspaper. Then they dip the newspaper strips in the flour and water mixture and place the strips all around the balloon. Make sure they may several layers. Tell them to leave a very tiny hole in one of the sides where its not covered with newspaper. Then when the balloon dries have them pop the balloon through the hole. Then they have their very own ostrich egg. To make it look cooler they can use paper instead of newspaper and then decorate their ostrich eggs with markers or paint after it is dry.
Another great activity is called collect those flowers. Split your students up into two teams. Place some flowers on the other side of the playing field. When you yell go the first person from both teams runs to the other side of the playing field and pretends to eat the flowers (since ostriches do eat flowers) for ten seconds then they must run back and tag the next person in line. The first team to have all their students go and come back wins!
By incorporating these activities into your lesson plans your students will have lots of fun learning about ostriches. They will learn a lot about ostriches while playing fun games and making an ostrich egg. So the next time you have a unit on ostriches or bird or just a day on ostriches try out some of these great activities.