Spring is for the birds. Stories about birds, really. And what a fun way to listen to story time and learn about birds, in this easy-to-make nest.
1. Dust off your kiddie pool.
2. Line the sides with brown butcher paper. This was packaging that we reused.
3. Add shredded paper.
4. Scatter strips of cardboard around the house. Have kids collect these “sticks” as nest-building material.
5. Pretend to be birds and add more shredded paper and cardboard “sticks” to build the nest.
6. Add giant eggs! (These are Creatology brand “egg-sentials” nesting eggs purchased at Michael’s hobby/craft store.)
7. Sit on eggs. Or sit in nest next to eggs. Whatever works.
8. Eggs hatch. Inside are little birds that wind up and walk from Easter past. Pretend they are baby birds.
9. Make play dough worms to feed your baby birds. My 8 year old “assistant” led this activity. We looked up all the questions the preschoolers had on the internet while we made the worms: “What do worms eat?” “How do they dig?” “Why do they have a band around them?”
10. Throw shredded paper at each other. Laugh and be silly.
11. Sit in your nest and listen to The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman.
More wonderful books about nests and birds:
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Lazy Ozzie by Michael Coleman
How Robin Saved Spring by Debbie Oullett
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Mama Outside, Mama Inside by Diana Hutts Aston
Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement
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