If your toddlers and preschoolers are learning about and observing birds, birds’ nests, birds’ eggs and bird families, they’ll enjoy our latest bird craft. It was inspired by the book “A Nest Full of Eggs” by Priscilla Belz Jenkins.
We’ve been making lots of bird crafts lately because we’ve been observing the robin family that has taken up residence on our back deck this spring.
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It’s a great craft to follow up with after reading “A Nest Full of Eggs” or a similar bird nest/bird family book to your children.
Kids Books about Birds’ Nests:
You’ll find more titles at the bottom of this post.
P.S. You might also like our paper bag bird’s nest craft.
- construction paper or card stock
- shredded paper
- googly eyes
- craft feathers
- paper plate
- brown paint dabber
- Printable Bird Template to trace (optional)
Cut out your paper pieces
On your construction paper, draw a bird and cut it out. You can either draw your bird free-hand, or trace one of the printable templates here.
Next, cut out a few bird’s eggs.
Decorate your bird’s nest
Cut a paper plate in half. Use one half to make your bird’s nest. Have your child colour the bird’s nest with a paint dabber. Of course, you can use markers or paint to colour your nest if you don’t have paint dabbers.
Add shredded paper to the nest and glue it all in place.
Decorate your bird
Glue feathers and googly eyes to your bird.
Put it all together
Now have your child glue the bird and the eggs in place in the nest.
It’s all about the process…
It’s important, when crafting with toddlers and preschoolers, not to get caught up in gluing everything into place perfectly. Let your child exercise his or her own creativity. You can see that some kids glued their eggs underneath the mama bird, while others glued the eggs to the bird.
It’s not about “getting it right”. It’s about exploring and experimenting with different materials and textures, and developing fine motor and critical skills. your child will enjoy crafting and be much prouder of their work if they’re given the freedom to create as they please. When we correct them and try to control the craft, we stifle their creativity and send the message that their imagination and creations aren’t good enough.
There is no right or wrong with art. Just create from the heart!
More Preschool Books about Birds to Accompany This Craft:
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And be sure to check out our baby robin Facebook album. There are some incredible up-close photos of our baby robins as well as the parent robins taking care of them.
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.