Materials and Procedure for Making a Bird Nest
- Brown Play dough or Model Magic (about 1 cup per student)
- Outdoor materials - collected by students
- Small brown paper bags
- Optional - blue play dough
Preschoolers are natural scientists. On a warm day, take the students outside to observe birds and to collect materials for their bird's nests. Students should collect, grass, soft paper, string, leaves, yarn, leaves, and thin twigs. Provide students with small paper bags for their collections.
Once inside, give each student brown play dough. Tell the students that the brown play dough will represent the mud for this craft. Show the students how to shape the play dough into a bowl-like configuration. To do this, they can work the play dough piece into a ball and then flatten it a little bit. Next, they use their fists to push the center of the "nest" in, and gently fold the sides up. With a preschool craft, it is always best if each work of art is different. Before class, create a model for students to look at, but avoid using a bowl to create a mold for the nests. With a toothpick, print the student's initials on the bottom of his or her nest.
Last, have the students use the outdoor materials they collected to press into the play dough. Students should only press their materials in and on the nest, not through it. Teach them to avoid squeezing too hard to keep the nest in its form. Set the nests aside.
If desired, give students blue play dough to shape into ovals to represent bird eggs.