Right there in your backyard, bird-watching with children might surprise you with a number of unexpected results!

Because early experiences in children lives affect how their brains develop and lay the foundation for all we know we need:intelligence, emotional health and moral development, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Healthy development depends on nurturing and dependable relationships.

Bird-watching helps meet the needs of developing the young minds of children and and can start as soon as a child is able to walk. It can also help improve the bond between parent and child,says the expert Stephen Kress, author of several books, including “The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds” and “The Audubon Backyard Birdwatch.”

Here are a few tips to get your children started in backyard birdwatching to help their development:

•Hang a bird feeder or several in the yard where children can easily watch it every day. By helping young kids construct their own bird feeders, they have additional reasons to take interest in watching birds.

•Have children keep a list of the all the birds they see and discuss the list with them as often as you can, each day or week. Build memory skills by talking about the birds’ characteristics, such as wing color and pattern.

And finally, buy the children a nice book about bird species and try to see which ones you all can recognize from the book: have fun identifying the birds coming to feed in your backyard! Most of all, have the best of time!