This April we are learning about Birds & Eggs with Mother Goose Time. It’s the perfect time in Wisconsin to for this fun preschool spring theme. Our birds have noticeably returned and are busy nesting and searching for worms. It’s the perfect time to learn about bird life cycles, parts of birds, different types of birds and what happens in the nest.
On day 1 of our theme, we learned about nests. After we made our bird nests, one of my 5-year-olds said, “I wish we had a tree to put our nests in.” Ah – ha! I can do that, I can make that happen! So during nap time, I made a tree display for the nests the children made.
Our tree features nests, birds, eggs, feathers, branches and leaves.
It brings spring right indoors! A great way to start our Birds & Egg theme.
How to Make a Tree Wall Display
I made the tree with a large cardboard tube for the trunk and a roll of wood-look paper I had from another project. The tube is covered with the paper and nailed it to the wall at the top. I used poster putty to hold it in place at the bottom. To make the branches, I cut lengths of the paper and crumpled it. Then I pinned it to the wall with push pins.
I cut green leaves and added tissue paper leaves for new leaves sprouting. Yes, this is in my kitchen because this is the most wall space I have for something large. It’s called making it work in family child care. See more tips for family child care here.
After the tree was up, it seemed a bit bare. It needed life – birds, and eggs!
We glued blue and white pom poms into the nests, along with feathers, and birds. We used this bird outline template to make the birds. Small lengths of brown yarn made “worms”.
We used white and blue pom poms for eggs. I typed words to label our tree because some of my preschoolers are starting to read and write words.
It’s so beautiful, I might not ever want to take it down!