Bird Life Cycle Printable

Practice sequencing and learn about birds when you complete this bird life cycle printable with your preschoolers.

Add this fun project to your bird activities for preschoolers. Spring is the perfect time of year to learn about birds as the days warm up and the birds begin to build nests in neighborhood trees.

Maybe you’ve got a bird family that visits your yard year after year building a nest. We do.

I love to watch mom and dad robin flying back and forth after the eggs are laid and later hatched.

I can’t wait to study the life cycle of a bird with my grandson this spring.

Bird Life Cycle Printable

Before getting started, teach your preschooler a little bit about birds. Share with them the fact that the brightly colored birds they see in the yard are most likely males as female birds tend to be more drab in color so they blend in to the trees.

Teach them the four stages of a bird’s life cycle:

  • Eggs – Birds lay eggs.
  • Hatchling – Baby birds that have recently hatched are called hatchlings.
  • Chick – Young birds are called chicks before they learn to fly.
  • Adult – These are full grown birds who are ready to start the life cycle all over again.

After introducing the stages of a bird’s life, you can use this fun spinner as a way to review the life cycle of a bird.

Preparing the Spinner

Print the pages on cardstock and color. If your kids don’t enjoy coloring, you can print the pages on colored cardstock.

Cut out the individual pieces. You’ll have a numbered base, four life cycle pieces, and the top spinner piece.

Glue the life cycle pieces on the correct number on the base so that they’re in order.

Using a brass brad, assemble the spinner with the brad going through both the top and bottom pieces.

Now, have your kids spin the spinner discussing each stage of the life cycle as the pictures emerge.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of bird books for preschool. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Hello, World! BirdsNational Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Birds (Look & Learn)Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey


Hello, World! Birds  This book teaches toddlers and preschoolers all about our feathered friends—with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts. 

National Geographic Kids: Birds – In this engaging board book, young readers will meet birds of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Look and Learn books introduce the subject on one spread and then show it in real-life context on the next, using simple, age-appropriate language paired with colorful photos.

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey – This inspiring migratory and life cycle story celebrates the important and impressive feat of a small but mighty creature.


The perfect addition to our Spring time Learning Table, these Counting Eggs add a pop of color as well as a little something to find, count, sort, and explore imaginative thinking with. 

These beautiful made wooden Birds Memory Game for children to learn about the world around them and make connections with the things they see in their daily life. And chances are, they’ve seen a bird flying overhead! A bird theme is also great as it encourages you to step outside and right into nature.

This adorable paper plate Pukeko bird craft is perfect for preschoolers! It’s a great way to introduce little ones to this bird that’s native to New Zealand.

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