If you are learning about birds why not extend the lesson into lunch time?
Today, the girls and I ate bird's nests for lunch!
We used our forks, okay who am I kidding, mostly our fingers, to form a plate of noodles into a nest. Then we simply added some eggs (cooked carrots carved into an egg shape). The girls loved getting to "play" with their food and then eat it too.
We talked about how hard it must be for birds to use sticks, leaves, mud, feathers and anything else they can find to make their nest. It was fun to learn while we ate!
The Nitty Gritty!
To expand on this idea and combine it with more learning about birds consider doing one of the following:
- Read a book about birds or bird nests. In the Nest, Anna Milbourne and Laurence Cleyet-Merle or other preschool bird books that you can find here.
- Look for real bird's nests. If you are in winter right now it is a great time to go for a hike or a walk around your neighborhood and look for all the different sizes, shapes and styles of birds nests. With no leaves on the trees they are much easier to spot.
- Make bird's nests. This can be an indoor activity or an outdoor activity. Check them both out here.
- Use pretend play to become birds! Create a nest for the children out of rolled up blankets. Have them pretend to take care of eggs, fly to and from the nest to get food, etc.
Any other ideas to share?