A captive-bred Goffin's cockatoo has surprised scientists by spontaneously making and using 'tools' to reach food. The species is not known to use tools in the wild. The cockatoo - named Figaro was recorded repeatedly breaking off splinters from a wooden beam and using them to reach nuts on the other side of his wire enclosure. The team believe Figaro's feat is the first recorded instance of tool-making among parrots.
Children learn about different sorts of movement and how to describe these. They relate movement to pushes and pulls.
- that pushing or pulling things can make objects start or stop moving.
Children will learn:
- to identify similarities and differences between the movement of different objects.
- to make suggestions about how objects can be made to move and to find out whether they were right.
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.