Birds and Nest

My 4-year-old daughter’s classmate was coming home for a play date; typical activities in my home for a playdate include coloring / painting, building towers with lego, playing with the kitchen set and (me) reading books (to them).  I wanted to do something else too.  When I went through my box full of color papers and other craft stuff, I thought of making a bird’s nest, mommy bird and baby bird.

What I used:

  • 2 pairs scissors – regular and curvy edged
  • 4 wiggly eyes
  • foam sheets
  • colour paper – brown and green
  • pipe cleaners
  • 10 to 12 feathers
  • glue
  • cardboard

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Preparation:

  • Cut bird shapes out of the foam sheets (using regular scissors) and the nest out of the brown paper (using curvy edge scissors).
  • Cut the pipe cleaner into a two 2-inch pieces.
  • Cut bark of the tree and nest out of brown paper and leaves out of green paper.

“The Activity” for the kids:

I gave them the base (cardboard) and the idea of the bird’s nest in a branch of a tree with a baby bird and mommy bird with a worm in its beak.  The kids pasted the tree first, then the nest, followed by the birds and the worm.  Then, they added feathers and eyes to the birds.  It took about ten minutes for them to finish this; they decided to add some more – like flowers, rainbow, etc. depending on their imagination.

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If your child is old enough, you could let them cut the shapes out; that will double the fun!

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