Wouldn’t you LOVE your child to make this stunningly realistic homemade birds’ nest to hold their beautifully dyed Easter eggs this year? Can you believe that my 2.5 year old son basically made this nest by himself (with very little assistance from me)?
Learning about birds and spring, while developing a little “scientist”, is all a part of today’s birds’ nest adventure!
1. Have You Seen Birds?
by Joanne Oppenheim and illustrated by Barbara Reid – one of my favourite illustrators who makes pictures out of coloured clay, catchy rhyming text
2. Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz (a Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book) – very Dr. Seuss-like, lots of rhyming plus great overview of birds of the world
3. The Magic School Bus Flies from the Nest (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
– an oldie, but a goodie packed with tons of information and engaging pictures. My son loves all the Magic School Bus books – and I enjoy reading them too!
Making the Bird’s Nest
You Will Need:
- White glue
- Lots of string cut up into 5-6 ” lengths
- Shredded paper
- Spanish moss, or other decorative moss
- Decorative grasses
- Decorative feathers
- A balloon and a small bowl
Artistic Note: If you want the nest to look realistic, choose natural coloured materials. For a totally different look, choose brightly coloured string, shredded paper, and feathers!
SCIENCE NOTE: While you are getting started, this is a great time to discuss why birds make nests! What does your child think?
I’ve been working on waiting at least 10 seconds after asking my son a question. I read recently that children under age 3 can take that long to put their thoughts into words!
Step 2: Show your kiddo how to dip the string into the glue and then squeeze it or run it between fingers to get the extra glue off. Then have your kiddo place the string onto the balloon wherever they like.
You may have to help with the first few to get them started and feeling confident about the process. (It’s okay to have too much glue – it just takes longer to dry that’s all!)
SCIENCE NOTE: As Onetime was working away – we talked about how birds use all of these materials, plus sticks and twigs to make their nests!
Step 3: Encourage your kiddo to keep adding string and then other materials until the balloon is covered. Once Onetime (my 2.5 year old son) got going with this, he had a blast! He just needed occasional reminders to add lots of glue to the Spanish Moss and shredded paper.
SCIENCE NOTE: While your child is building, ask them what they think birds use to keep the nest together instead of glue. (Answer: Mud! and lots of it!)
Last, it was the really fun part – the popping of the balloon!
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