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Why are bird’s beaks so different? One trait of all birds is that they have a beak or bill. Beaks are like simple machines. They help make the work of cracking seeds and getting food easier. The type of beak gives a clue to what the bird eats. Students will be able to explore the various styles of bird beaks through hands-on experiments.

Activity provided by  Nebraska 4-H Extension


Activity Procedure

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  • Straws

  • Plastic spoons

  • Toothpicks

  • Clothespins

  • Tweezers

  • Plastic cups

  • Paper plates

  • Timers-could be ipads in the classroom (60 seconds trials)

  • Rice

  • Mini-marshmallows

  • Cotton balls

  • Dried beans

  • Paper clips

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