Build the Change Tuesday: Build for Birds

Birds are facing environmental challenges and habitat loss. Hosted in partnership with the LEGO Group, our Build for Birds live lesson and competition will inspire your 7-14-year-old students to care about bird conservation and use their creativity to design safer spaces for our feathered friends to rest, feed and shelter in. It’s the perfect activity to accompany the RSPB Big School Birdwatch.

You can watch our live lesson on demand now and enter our competition to win incredible prizes. Submit your entries by 5th March!

Let your creativity fly high!

It’s time to design a solution to make our community a safer space for birds.

The Day and the LEGO Group are challenging 7-14-year-olds to reimagine their school or local green space to make it into a safer home and space for our feathered friends to rest, feed, and shelter in.

Following the live lesson, your task is to create a safe space for birds that is both sustainable and functional. In order to create a winning design, there are a few key factors to consider:

  • Firstly, it’s important to think about how the shelter will work in the space available. Your design should aim to support the birds that can be found in your area. The shelter could also serve as a decorative feature or a space for education.
  • Secondly, your design should work for your chosen birds. Consider the types of birds that live in the area and whether there are any new species you would like to attract. The shelter should provide a safe and comfortable habitat for birds, while also enhancing the surrounding ecosystem.
  • Finally, your design should be good for the planet! Sustainability must be a top priority when considering your design. Also, it will be important to consider how its design can withstand extreme weather events in your area. Additionally, try to use sustainable materials in the construction of the shelter to minimise its environmental impact.

Catch up on our live lesson HERE.

Click HERE to download your competition entry pack worksheet.

Click HERE to download your competition entry guidelines.

Here are some top tips from our expert Lara Nouri to inspire your design!

What will you design?

Enter our Build for Birds competition!

Here’s what you need to do to take part:

    1. IMMERSE: Look around in your school grounds or a local green space, and notice the different birds that you can see.
    2. CREATE: Use play to come up with unique ways that you can make this space safer for birds to rest, feed, and shelter. Are there appropriate natural resources, or do you need to create something new using recycled materials?
    3. DESIGN: Decide how you want to adapt and improve this space. Consider how your design can support local wildlife and the needs of local birds. How can your design help enhance the environment and make a positive impact? 
    4. SHARE: Design your idea on paper first and label its features, then create a 3D model out of LEGO bricks or recycled materials. Get creative and let your imagination run wild!
    5. UPLOAD: Take a photo of your drawing and your 3D design, and write a short description of your design’s features (maximum 250 words). You can use the questions on the Competition Entry Pack Worksheet to help you write your description. Get your grown-up to upload your photo(s) (and written description if you did one) via this link. Your grown-up will need to create a free account on the submission platform and include your name, age and school details. Some guidance on using the online submission platform can be found here.

Click HERE to download your competition entry pack worksheet. | Click HERE to download your competition entry guidelines.

Don’t forget to read News Detectives: Build the Change every Tuesday throughout February for inspiration!

For the competition’s terms & conditions, please click here.


Win amazing prizes!

We will choose two winners. If your design is chosen you will win:

  • Your designs and ideas published on The Day’s website.
  • A virtual Build the Change workshop taught by a real-life LEGO designer for your class.
  • A free rewilding installation at your school to help your wildlife and encourage biodiversity.
  • A free 3-month subscription to The Day for your school (new members only).
  • A Build the Change Classroom Kit so you can keep building and playing.
  • A bird-watching kit for your school.
  • A certificate.
  • The opportunity to put your design idea in front of sustainability leaders later in the year!

Build for Birds Live Lesson replay

Catch up on our live lesson HERE

UK bird species are in decline because of habitat loss. This is where Build for Birds comes in! In this lesson, we want to empower students to help make their schools into safer homes and spaces for our feathered friends to rest, feed and shelter in.

In this free live lesson, we:

  • Taught your class all about bird species and biodiversity on location at WWT London Wetland Centre
  • Introduced them to environmental careers with our guest expert Lara Nouri.
  • Improved their creative problem-solving skills.

Our interactive online lesson explored why birds are under threat and will inspire your class to design innovative solutions to help our feathered friends.

This lesson is filled with opportunities to learn through play and filled with unique games and quizzes. This lesson is perfect for ages 7-14 and supports PSHE, science, and design and technology curricula. 

By the end of the lesson, your pupils will have a new appreciation for the natural world and will feel empowered to use their creative thinking to protect our planet.

Meet our experts!

WWT London Wetland Centre

During our live lesson, our wildlife expert will take us on an on-site tour of the amazing London Wetland Centre. We are happy to share this message from our friends for anyone who would like to find out more about this location!

Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to teach your students about wetland wildlife? Look no further than London Wetland Centre!

London Wetland Centre offers a range of educational visit packages that cater to learners of all ages and skill levels. Their curriculum-linked learning sessions, pre- and post-visit session plans, and interactive resources are all designed to help enhance children’s learning and provide them with a real-life, hands-on experience.

As one of the UK’s leading providers of outdoor education, they can deliver an action-packed day of exploration and discovery that your students won’t soon forget. So why not join us and get up close and personal with wetland wildlife from the UK and around the world?

Click here to find out more!

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Access our News Detectives: Build the Change articles for even more sustainability inspiration!

Build the Change Tuesday is our free, weekly sustainability resource for 7 – 14-year-olds, designed for busy teachers looking for a quick, preparation-free activity. During our competition, each News Detectives will feature a bird-themed story to inspire your pupil’s competition entries.

This sustainability resource was created in partnership with the LEGO Group®, and The Day allows students to think critically about, discuss and debate a new sustainability issue every single week. It’s ideal for settling students into the day, and developing reading, comprehension and discussion skills. 

Click here to register for this FREE weekly resource.

Build the Change Tuesday is a sustainability resource brought to you by The Day and the LEGO Group®, which forms part of our News Detectives programme, a no-fuss daily dip into the news for ages 8 – 13. A different theme every day of the week.