Bird Nest Craft for Preschoolers
Spring is a perfect time of year to explore birds and their habitats with your early learner. This bird nest activity provides an opportunity to talk about where birds live, what they eat, and how they build their homes. And building a bird nest is a fun sensory and fine motor activity for kids.
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Have you ever spotted a bird's nest in a tree?
Have you watched a mother robin tuck a morsel into a tiny beak?
Maybe you've been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the young leaving the nest for the first time!
This cozy nest and beautiful blue eggs are fun for kids to make as they explore bird habitats.
I often do crafts with burlap which require the sides or ends of various pieces of burlap to be frayed, leaving me with a large pile of burlap threads. When I picked up a small clump of these burlap threads, they fell naturally into the shape of a bird's nest in my hands. This gave me the idea for the bird's nest craft.
You can prepare a supply of burlap threads for the project beforehand, but also provide children with the opportunity to pull some threads from a piece of burlap.
Children can select a handful of burlap threads and shape them like a soup bowl for the nest.
Provide some twigs and grasses to intertwine with the burlap.
Dip cotton balls in blue paint to make the eggs. Allow to dry and arrange in the nest.
You can create a bird's nest and eggs to explore a family unit in nature. Even if you can't observe an actual nest, you can have fun with books, arts and crafts, and other visuals to explore, discover, and create.
This is a fun craft for kids that can be used for thematic units such as animals and their homes; animal babies; migration; spring.
Learning through play:
Robins instinctively know how to build a nest that is soft enough to cradle the eggs but strong enough to hold the baby birds once they hatch and start to grow. They must find a site that is protected from the weather as well as predators, as they fly off to find worms for the young birds to eat.
Here is a nest for a robin (cup hands together in a bowl shape)
Here is a hive for a bee (touch wrists and fingertips together,palms facing each other)
Here is a cave for a bear (crouch and cover head with arms)
And here is a house for me. (arms overhead in a "V" with fingertips touching)
Robin in the Rain
Find more Spring Crafts and Activities on our Spring Pinterest board.