Building nests is great for creative pretend play – we made six nests in one day!
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So this activity all started because my son built a circle track, put a toy Cardinal in it, and called it a nest. I thought it was very imaginative!
F then decided that the bird was hungry, and got him a bowl of Cheerios!
But the nest just seemed too big for the bird, so we discussed how birds make nests by layering and intertwining sticks and twigs. We collected more track and built a smaller nest. This time it was a Chaffinch toy that got to sit inside.
Then I built a nest for him, made out of cushions on the floor. He flapped and tweeted and got into his nest.
Of course this “baby bird” wanted some Cheerios, too!
After that we couldn’t seem to stop! We got some colored craft sticks (given to us by our friends at craftprojectideas.com) and layered them to make a nest. We added a toy bird (Blue Jay) from our Backyard Bird TOOB.
Next we used shredded paper to make a nice soft nest for an Indigo Bunting (also from the TOOB). She looked very cosy in this nest!
And finally we went outside to collect some sticks (this was the same day, just a different shirt!) and built a more traditional nest. An American Robin got to make a home in this one.
This was my favourite – as well as being the most realistic we actually have an American Robin nesting in the eaves of our house!