Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

Build Your Nest

Build Your Nest

The beauty of a bird’s nest.

Growing up in the Caribbean meant exposure to various types of animals. In the rainy season, caimans would often appear on our front lawn along with iguanas and other tropical creatures. Being in such close proximity meant experiencing life, their way. For the years I lived there, a variety of bird species built homes in the trees that filled our land and those nests helped hundreds of birds hatch.

As an inquisitive child, sitting or standing outside and admiring dedicated birds building nests was a pastime. My juvenile eyes focused on the even contribution from mother and father, taking turns, one flying away, returning moments later with a collection of twigs and sticks while the other fussed over its placement. If completion took a week, then observation spanned a week. This commitment was driven by a desire to count the eggs in the nest, and of course, to follow the life cycle, hoping to see the chicks bursting through those eggs.

Recollection of the many nests and eggs my eyes stared at, inspired this week’s project.

Bringing those memories to life in the form of a simple arts & crafts project. One that meant something more than “for the sake of” curriculum creation. A project that also allowed me to experience the dedication of building a nest of my own and laying my eggs in it. Not real eggs of course!


Take a look!

This is a really simple project and doesn’t require a lot of materials. Just paper, glue and a pair of scissors.

Build your nest,

Tiva

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