Easy Bird Nest Craft using Burlap

Kids can make a cozy bird nest for some pretty eggs. A burlap nest is easy to make with burlap threads for a spring theme with preschoolers. The cotton ball eggs are a perfect addition to the nest.  

spring bird nest preschool craft

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Have you ever spotted a bird's nest in a tree? Maybe you've been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the young leaving the nest for the first time!

Spring is a perfect time of year to explore birds and their habitats with your early learner.

A bird nest craft provides an opportunity to talk about where birds live, what they eat, and how they build their homes.  When I picked up a small clump of burlap threads, then dropped them, they fell naturally into the shape of a bird's nest in my hands. This gave me the idea for this bird nest craft.

The textures and colors of the materials support sensory and fine motor play as kids talk about, and build, a nest.

I've added a Bird and Nest Unit at the end of the post so you can easily add to a spring theme.

  • The lesson plan includes taking children on a nature walk to look for signs of birds guarding nests in the trees or under shrubs. If natural environment is not an option, there are lots of books and videos available to explore birds and their nests.


Bird nest burlap craft


Bird nest materials


Make a pile of burlap threads to be used in the activity.

Pull threads one at a time from a frayed end of burlap. This is great fine motor work for preschoolers.

You can also prepare a supply of burlap threads for the craft beforehand if needed.


Related: Burlap Fish Craft

 Bird nest with sticks

Invite children to grasp a handful of burlap threads, then drop them on the table.

Kids can continue to mold them by hand into a soup bowl shape for the nest.

Provide some twigs and grasses to intertwine with the burlap.

  • Kids can snap twigs into small pieces, and cut grasses with scissors.


Robin eggs for bird nest

Dip cotton balls
in blue paint to make the eggs. Allow to dry and arrange in the nest. 

Bird nest spring craft for kids

This is a fun craft for kids that can be used for a spring theme.

You can create a bird nest and eggs for a spring nature theme.

Even if you can't observe an actual nest, you can have fun with books, arts and crafts, and other activities to explore, discover, and create.

Bird and Nest Thematic Unit

A-B-C Program Model

1. Activities

Nature Walk


  • 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.
  • Robins 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.

Finger Play

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 (by Raffi on YouTube)


2. Books

Birds, Nests and Eggs

Bird Builds a Nest

Birds Make Nests


3. Crafts

Bird Nest Fine Motor STEAM Activity

Bird Nest in a Tree Painting Activity

Roundup of Bird Nest Activities



Bird nest burlap craft for kids


 Spring Crafts and Activities on Pinterest.


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