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We made a bird nest {Birds & Eggs}

Nests are masterpieces and while our skills don’t rank up there with what a bird can do with just it’s beak and little body, ours turned our pretty good, I think.  Actually I think it’s adorable!nest7
I wasn’t sure it was actually going to work, but we started with paper mache (mix flour & water, bring to a boil and let it cool.) We used leftover Scholastic order forms to make paper strips over the bottom of a bucket to make our nest shape.  This was fun and messy. Some of the kids didn’t want to touch the goopy stuff but after watching each of them tried it.  That night I showed it to Brett.  He said, “I’m sorry to tell you Mom, but I really don’t think that’s going to work.”  He was very sweet about it though.  I hoped he was wrong.
We waited several days for it to dry.  It dried surprisingly fast. I anticipated it might be difficult to remove it from the bucket. I did end up breaking the bucket to get it apart but it did work.  I made the mistake of turning it over for the bottom to dry (after taking it off the bucket) which caused the bottom to sink in.  It still worked but it would have been better if that hadn’t happened.
Next we painted it brown. I decided this was easier than adding mud to our nest.
While we waited for the nest to dry, we collected bird nest materials from the yard.nest materialsnest2Next we spread glue all over the nest and started covering it with grass, leaves, vines and weeds we found.
It looks like a beautiful home for a bird!  We learned it’s a lot of work to make a bird nest. It’s amazing birds can make their own homes.nestwbrd

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

Friday 1st of April 2011

We just joined a 30-day Outside challenge this month and spending a day collecting the nests items will be a great way to be outside! I've been also meaning to try Paper Mache - we have yet to do that... do you have any suggestions to the middle doesn't cave in? Just leave it on the bucket??

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Thanks for a great outdoor activity!Jamie