Nurturing Nest Craft
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
This delightful craft is inspired by my own childhood days of making bird nests. My dad kept different birds, so I got to experience them building their nests, sitting on eggs and hatching little chicks. Every weekend I would help out with feeding and changing their water, and I even picked my own pair of birds that went on to hatch chicks. In the summer when the grass was freshly cut, all the children gathered for grass fights. Then when the cuttings had dried a bit we made bird nests. Fun memories!
This little nest will be a beautiful, realistic addition to your nature table at home or school. While making it, talk to the children about how birds make their nests and what materials they use. You could also look through books and online material to see different nest types and sizes. This is a lovely sensory experience, as you are sculpting using different materials and textures. When the nest has dried you could place some artificial eggs inside, like the wooden ones we used, or make your own using some left over clay. Why not make your own bird sculpture too!
You will need:
~Air drying clay or homemade dough (check out my dough recipe here: https://www.learninglabyrinth.co.uk/post/homemade-natural-play-dough).
~ Small twigs, grass, moss and leaves
~ Wool or string
~ Small bowl of water
1. Start with a ball of clay. This should be around the size of a golf ball. Use your finger or thumb to press down into the middle of the ball.
2. Next, pinch out the edges to make a bowl type shape. Don't pinch the clay too thin or it will break easier. Dip your fingers in the bowl of water if you find the clay is drying too quickly.
3. Once you have a bowl shape, start pressing twigs into and through the clay, around the outside and inside of the nest. Add pieces of grass, moss and wool in the same way, pressing slightly into the clay. Use your fingers to smooth over the clay and work it into the nest shape.
4. Now you should have a natural looking nest! Why not add some eggs or make a bird to put inside the nest? (bird tutorial coming soon). This nest looks amazing displayed on our home nature table.
Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy these crafts as much as my children and I enjoy doing them! Don't forget to subscribe out our YouTube channel for more inspiring ideas https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcmK30kBsb_-HpQvtoe7uTg?view_as=subscriber . You can also find Learning Labyrinth on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, so tag us in any crafts you have been inspired to do. Hope to see you again soon!