This is a great craft to incorporate into a lesson plan when learning about birds and what they use to build a nest. Talk to your class about how birds collect different materials to build a nest, then go a nature walk where children can collect twigs, sticks grass, leaves, stems and moss. Give each child a baggie to collect what they need to build their bird’s nest.
- Nature walk items
- Craft glue
- Brown construction paper, paper bag, tan or brown burlap, felt or other fabric
- Colored paper plate – a white plate can be used and painted
- Printer paper
- Google eyes
- Bird template – 6 will print per page.
- Have children go on an outdoor nature walk to collect items for the Bird’s Nest Craft.
- Print out the Bird template. For this example I printed the birds on blue printer paper.
- Have the children cut the birds out.
- Use whatever you have on hand to make the background for the bird’s nest. For this example, I used a semi-circle of tan burlap.
- Glue the brown semi-circle to the bottom half of the paper plate. Glue the bird above it.
- Using lots of glue, attach the items that were found on the nature walk on to the bottom half of the paper plate.
- Glue a google eye on to the bird.
- Children can cut several small ovals out of white paper to use as bird’s eggs.
- Be sure to let the craft dry completely before the children take it home.