This past fall, we discovered a bird had built a nest in our garage on top of the garage door opener. It had been abandoned at some point (probably when the poor birds realized just how loud a garage door can be). We pulled it down, showed the girls, then it was placed in a plastic bin and forgotten about. When Lizzie requested that we spend this week learning about birds, I happened to spot the nest again. Perfect! I got out the nest, took it outside, and we started exploring.
We found the perfect book at the library to help us learn about this nest of ours, A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins. The book was written for young children and my preschool-aged child easily understood and enjoyed this book. We learned about how birds make nests, lay their eggs, how birds grow from egg to adult, and the different kinds of nests birds build.
While we were reading, we examined the nest. We looked closely to see what materials the bird used to build this nest and came to the conclusion that the bird must have gathered a lot of materials for a nearby farm. We each held on to a side and tried tugging. We learned how strong a bird's nest is since it didn't come apart at all.
We felt inside and discovered how soft it is. We decided it would be a very comfortable spot for an egg to rest. I know that my girls learned a lot through our bird's nest exploration. We had fun, asked questions, drew our own conclusions, and now how more knowledge of the natural world we live in.
Linking up to Tuesday Tots, Read.Explore.Learn, Show & Share Saturday, and It's Playtime