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Active Start @ Home - 'The Best Nest'


We know spring is slowly emerging these days, as we hear those birds chirping…

Materials:

YouTube, a milk carton or a milk jug, one or two sticks from nature or chop sticks, scissors and yarn or string.

Optional:

bird seed, glue, pebbles, sticks, paint, tissue paper and other decorative items.

Main Learning Outcomes:

Developing fine motor skills, creativity and early literacy skills.

Steps:

(1) First, find a comfortable spot to cuddle together with your child to read the story, “The Best Nest” by P.D. Eastman. If you don’t have the book at home, you can listen to it by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D40oPf8hlAA&list=PL_hBZGRewiO9ltTvDsK0RGkmDswh3KJJp&index=2&t=0s&app=desktop

(2) Start by cutting one or two holes in the milk container for the birds. (It’s probably best if this is done by an adult.) Then decorate as you like. Once the house (or feeder) is done, put a small hole under the larger hole, for the stick to go into. If you have made a hole on either side, try to put the stick all the way through both sides, so that it is extra strong. Then attach a string to the top and hang it in your tree. Add bird seed, if you prefer.

Tips:

Here are some examples of other bird houses/feeders for inspiration. If you want to try the last example, cut tissue paper into small squares and then paint them on using white glue.



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