April was a beautiful month here in Wisconsin. It’s truly nesting season here. We watched the birds return and start searching for materials to build their nests. It was a perfect time for us to study Birds & Eggs with Mother Goose Time. Our first activity involved making paper bird nests. A nest is an amazing creation. It’s the bird’s home, where they lay their eggs and a hatchling’s safe haven. The paper bird nests inspired our Hello Spring Tree Wall Display.
We were so lucky to have not one, but TWO, beautiful bird nests in a shrub just outside our window this spring. The first is a cardinal’s nest. It’s it gorgeous??
Then a robin came and built a nest in the same shrub, just a couple feet away from the cardinal’s. Nests are such a work of art and the blue eggs are so pretty!
Paper Bird Nests
First, open your paper lunch bag like this:
Crinkle it up on the long side, like this:
Fold the ends together and staple it together.
Squeeze glue generously around the bottom of the nest.
Place it on a piece of cardstock.
Cut around the edge.
Children can add the crinkle paper to the inside of the nest.
Have them generously squeeze glue inside and add the crinkled paper. It will hold together after it dries. If they say “it’s hard”, “it doesn’t want to stick” and are frustrated, talk about how difficult it must be for a bird to make a nest! First, they have to gather all the materials and then wrap it around so perfect to make a beautiful nest. This filler paper is the soft spot where they will sit and lay their eggs on.
A pretty little paper nest!
We decorated our nests with paper leaves, a brown yarn “worm”, a feather, and pom pom eggs.
Here is the beginning of our spring tree display.
We enjoyed our bird nest display all April and May. It was lovely!