Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Curriculum: Birds

Bird Nesting Balls

  • Mesh vegetable bags, such as what grapes, oranges, potatoes come in. You may cut them to the size you need.
  • leftover thread
  • yarn pieces
  • tiny fabric scraps or strips
  • Kleenex,
  • cotton balls


Have the children take a bit of each of the materials and place them in the mesh. Pull the mesh together around the items they have placed in the mesh. Take a rubber band and secure the ends together. Using a yarn needle, thread in a piece of yarn and tie ends together to make a hanger. Place these nesting balls outside in trees or areas high enough that the birds feel safe. They will come and pull these materials out thru the mess and take them to make their nests. Have the children observe every so often to see if any of the materials have been removed from the nesting balls or if they see any nests with familiar materials in them.

More ideas for birds:
Lots Of Birds And A Nest by the Chocolate Muffin Tree
Gathering Activity: Bird Seed Sensory Table by Mommy and Me Book Club
Recycled Crafts for Kids – Rocking Robins by Marghanita
Cut Paper - Birds in a Tree by Art for Small Hands
Wool and Glue Birdie Nest by the Imagination Tree
Magazine Collage Robins by Almost Unschoolers

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Related online training:
Assessing Childhood Development (2 hours / .2 CEU)
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In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0501
CDA Competency: Observing and Recording Progress and Behavior of Children [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 3 Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Observation & Assessment [2 hours]

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