Tots! Activity: Bird Nest
As Cheekwood’s Tots program is temporarily suspended, we are sharing today’s activity for parents and tots to activate at home. Use our files to create your own bird nest, then share your work with us by tagging @cheekwood on Instagram and using #cheekwoodtots!
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Bird template *See template below
• Crayons or markers
• Construction paper in various colors
• Glue or tape
1. Print out the bird pieces template. Color the parts in or trace and cut them out of colored paper.
2. On a full piece of paper, draw a big bird nest by drawing ovals over and over or however your Tot decides a twiggy nest is drawn.
3. Assemble your bird by gluing or taping the parts together.
4. Arrange bird, leaves, and eggs in and around the nest and glue or tape all the pieces down.
Try pairing the activity with one of these books:
Birds by Lemniscates
Bird Watch by Christie Matheson
Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins and Richard Jones
Ask your explorer:
• What materials do birds build their nests out of? What would you use to make your nest if you were a bird?
• What do birds use their nests for?
• Have you ever seen a nest in a tree?
Make a bird feeder for your yard:
You will need an orange, bird seed, peanut butter, twine, a knife, a small bowl and spoon.
1. Cut your orange in half and scoop out the inside (enjoy as a snack) keeping the peel intact.
2. Poke four equidistant holes into the orange. Run the twine through the holes and tying it at the top so you can hang it up.
3. Fill with a peanut butter and bird seed mixture.
4. Hang it up outside and observe the birds that come to enjoy this treat!