Bird Nest Fine Motor Preschool Craft
Preschoolers can learn about birds and their habitats while designing and building a simple bird nest. This bird nest activity is a fun way to explore and create using fine motor skills.
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This activity is a great addition to a spring theme. Enjoy reading a book such as About Birds: A Guide for Children by Catherine Sill or The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman. (Look for this book on YouTube!)
Then provide some materials for kids to build a nest for a bird.
Allow time for kids to explore the materials. As they experiment, kids will integrate the principles of STEAM through hands-on learning.
STEAM = science + technology + engineering + art + math
Science: gathering information about bird's and the nests they build
Technology: layering and gluing the nest materials
Engineering: planning and building the nest
Art: combining different colors and textures
Math: determining the size of nest and number of eggs in the nest
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The activity is done with a variety of materials. You can easily use other craft items that would add texture and interest to this project.
Materials such as felt, yarn, cardboard and paper, can be pre-cut into small pieces or strips.
1. Cut out a cardboard circle to serve as a base on which to build the nest.
This cardboard circle will also be useful for transporting the bird nest.
2. Spread a line of glue along the outer edge of the circle.
NOTE: Before adding the glue, kids can add and remove pre-cut pieces to experiment with how the finished nest will look. The materials hold together well enough for kids to stack and shape the bird nest.
Experiment with the size of the nest, which materials to use, and the color of the eggs to place in the nest.
3. Begin layering materials onto the circle, adding a row of glue between rows of materials.
4. Line the inside of the nest with feathers. Use colorful feathers or a single color like these fluffy brown ones.
5. Place pompoms inside for birds eggs. We chose blue for robin eggs.
This activity is an easy way for kids to explore and experiment with a variety of materials. The different colors and textures provide interesting sensory play along with promoting the use of fine motor skills.
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