DOT Magazine Volume 18 / Birds

Aimed at preschoolers, DOT carries stories and games all aimed to foster imagination, creativity and fun in children aged 5 and under. DOT is published quarterly and explores themes such as Birds, Jokes, Numbers, Sounds or Opposites. Unlike magazines of today, DOT is not a throw away title. Just like much loved children’s magazines and annuals of the past it is designed to be collected, kept, handed down and revisited.

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garden birds

Blackbird Male blackbirds have black feathers, but the females have brown feathers. Both have an orange beak. Pigeon Pigeons are champions at remembering journeys, and can travel back to their nests from thousands of miles away. Starling Starlings like to fly with all their friends in huge flocks. Their egg shells are blue. Robin Robins are easy to spot with their orange face and chest. They can live for up to 13 years. Nightingale Nightingales are the best singers of the bird world. You may hear them at night when they call for a friend.…

woodland birds

Woodpecker Woodpeckers tap tree trunks with their beaks to make a song, and also to feed on insects. Grouse Grouse walk about mainly on the ground. They only fly to escape danger, at speeds faster than a car! Wren Wrens may be small, but they make very LOUD sounds when they sing. Owl Owls are active at night when they like to hunt for mice. Their faces are the shape of a heart. Wood Warbler Wood warblers have bright green feathers on their backs and bright yellow ones on their chests. Cuckoo Cuckoos are named that way because of the sound they make when they sing: Cuck-oo, cuck-oo!…

tropical birds

Toucan A toucans beak is huge. They use them to dig for food or fight with other birds. Parrot Parrots are very clever as they can learn and repeat words, just like humans! They can live to be up to 80 years old. Kiwi Kiwis have tiny wings and they cannot fly. Their long beaks have nostrils at the end. Eagle Eagles have excellent eyes and can spot their dinner from very high in the sky. Hummingbird Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world, and the only ones that can fly backwards. Flamingo Flamingos are born grey. They become pink because of the vast amount of pink shrimps they eat.…

happy & grumpy take a train

Happy was in a good mood today. Grumpy, not so much. Happy had asked Grumpy to meet up at Mehville’s train station for a fun day out. They were going on a train ride around the countryside! Happy was excited because trains were fun to ride on. Grumpy wondered whether there was such thing as ‘train sickness.’ Happy loved spotting sheep and cows in the fields. Grumpy was just sleepy. Happy loved reading magazines on the train. Grumpy struggled to stay awake. Happy’s favourite sandwich to eat on a train is egg and cress. Grumpy wondered why they didn’t sell ice creams. Happy was excited to have arrived at Beach Town. Grumpy was busy snoring.…

let’s eat!

BREAD Bread comes in many different shapes and sizes, as well as flavours. Bread is made of flour and water. Flour comes from wheat. Bread has been made and eaten for hundreds and hundreds of years. Pre-historic people ate bread. Ancient Egyptians ate bread. Romans ate bread. We eat bread. Maybe aliens eat bread too? Bread can be shaped into small buns, big loaves, or fried like tortillas. It is thought that putting bread upside down brings back luck! You can add all sorts of yummy things to bread such as butter, raisins, nuts, seeds, herbs and even vegetables. What do bagels, pizza, pitta bread, brioche, scones and bread sticks have in common? They are all bread!…

let’s cook!

You will need: Break the eggs in a deep dish. Add the milk and beat it all together. Dip each slice of bread into the mixture. In the frying pan, add a knob of butter. Place one milky slice of bread into the pan. Let it cook for about 2 minutes until it is golden brown, and then turn it over using a spatula. When the other side is done, transfer to a plate and sprinkle a bit of sugar on top. Repeat for each slice. Things you can add to Eggy Bread:…