Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring Bird Crafts - by Rhiana

This week in our Spring Into Arts class we learned a little about birds.  We made our own bird nests with paper bowls, shredded paper, yarn, twigs and other natural materials.  We also used glue.  Lots and lots of glue!  Glue is a great material for sensory experience.  It is messy fun that doesn’t stain!  


We also made a Momma Bird and a Baby Bird with plastic Easter Eggs, feathers and google eyes.  They looked fantastic!  One of the things we learned is that once the Momma Bird lays her eggs she doesn’t leave her nest until they hatch.  This means that the Daddy Bird has to gather all the food.  

We decided to help the Daddy Birds by making some simple bird feeders.  Here is how we made them:

Pipe cleaner

First you make a loop at the top by bending the pipe cleaner in a circle shape.  Then give it a twist to secure the loop.

Then you add a couple of beads to add some visual interest.

Then add lots of cheerios.  You simply slip them onto the pipe cleaner.  This is great for little ones to do.  It works their fine motor skills and it is a great quiet time activity.  My classes were very quiet as all the little ones were busy adding Cheerios onto the pipe cleaner!

You want to save a little room on the bottom to add a couple of beads.  The beads help keep the Cheerios from falling off the bottom.  Once you add a couple of beads double over the pipe cleaner and give it a twist to keep the beads from falling off.

I can’t wait to hear next week if any Daddy Birds paid a visit to the bird feeders!

- Rhiana

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