Today was cold and still too much hard icy snow to get out with Ethan so we planned a make believe birdwatching expedition. We made binoculars of toilet paper tubes glued together and decorated them, adding yarn to put them around our necks.
Then we made up a bunch of birds that we taped around the house - in the "lamp" bush, on the fridge, taped to a closet door.
He immediately recognized hummingbirds, owl, and robin. Others we loosely interpreted, but he loved looking through Roger Tory Peterson's guide book to find things that kind of looked like our pictures. I was delighted with how enthusiastic he was with the activity - we did this off and on all day.
And later he drew his own birds. There is nothing quite so wondrous as watching a child's imagination take over.