All you need is a nice afternoon, a book about birds and some modeling clay for this fun fine motor and early learning activity. A Nest Full of Eggs written by Priscilla Belz Jenkins, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell follows a robin family through the spring season as nests are built, eggs laid, and chicks hatch.
Robins are the featured bird, used as one example to explain the mystery of what is inside an egg. This book teaches how bird parents care for their offspring, build their nests, and how the baby birds develop then learn to fly and care for themselves.
Awarded the status of “Level One” within the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science Series, A Nest Full of Eggs explains simple and easily observable science concepts for preschool and kindergarten aged children. This is a great resource for unschool, homeschool, and afterschool educational environments. It is a light read yet intriguing enough with a good mixture of information.
Inspired by the pages illustrating the variety of bird nests. We set to work with some modeling clay and our imagination.
A pinch of cotton adds some nice fluff to comfort the birds and eggs.
We expanded upon the pictures by discussing similarities, ways the birds may find materials, and the different environments they live in. Some make nests in the trees, some make their nests in a bed of leaves on the floor.
Make caves, trees, gardens, and cliffs… imagine all the places birds live!
Skills Practiced and Learned:
- Fine Motor Skills – rolling, twisting, cutting
- Hand eye coordination
- Visual recognition
- Imitation and creation
- Discussion of similarities and differences
- Early learning biology