Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Building a Bird Sanctuary

I've been so inspired this past month by our Birds and Eggs unit by Mother Goose Time.
We built our own nest that my girl loves, which you can read about here.  In fact, she convinced Daddy to sit in it with her and read together yesterday.  Wish I had grabbed a picture. 

Yesterday, I taught the 2-4 year old crafts at our local co-op and I had the kids make birdfeeders from toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, and birdseed.

When we came home, Sweet Pea and I decided we needed to build a bird sanctuary. 
I hope the birds feel that way.

I dug out our old chiminea that has not been used in 9 years out of the shed and hosed it off hoping it would be a great bird bath.


I either need to fill it more, or put something in the center so the birds can easily reach the water.  
We placed it outside our dining room windows so we can easily watch the birds.  


My husband built this bird feeder last year out of some scraps of wood and left over gutters he used to build bookshelves in Sweet Pea's playroom.  My girl scooped out the seeds and placed them in the feeder.  "I help too, Momma." 


Mother Goose Time had us build a bird feeder once before out of pinecones, which you can read about here.  I wish I had done that instead of the toilet paper tube.  The minute it gets wet, it will fall apart.... lesson learned.
However, she was so proud of her work!  How could I not put it up?
2 toilet paper tube birdfeeders placed on a garden hook and outside our window provides the perfect spot to watch. 


Our completed bird sanctuary.
At least that's what I'm calling it.  
I bet it becomes more of a squirrel sanctuary though.


Now to read our book The Birdwatchers 


and make some binoculars from our Mother Goose Time unit!
I'll be sure to post about that next! 





Friday, April 14, 2017

Shaving Cream Paper Eggs

Easter is around the corner, and you know what that means...
EGG DECORATING.

This month our Birds and Eggs unit came with a 
"Who's in the Nest?" attendance tracker. Since it is just me and Sweet Pea, I decided to modify the nest to become a "How many are in the Nest? daily game for Sweet Pea. 


First we had some Egg decorating to do.
The supplies you need are:

-shaving cream
-food coloring or liquid watercolors
-flat bottom pan
-popsicle stick (2 minimum)
-paper egg cutouts
- paper towels


Place a layer of shaving cream into your pan, and add a few drops of food coloring.  Stir it all together.  The colors will begin to look marbleized. 



Place your paper egg cut-out, one at a time into the colorful cream.  Press the paper down a little to make sure the whole surface is covered.


Pull it out and scrape off the surface using the edge of a popsicle stick or other straight edged surface.  I couldnt take a picture of that step due to shaving cream hands.  Here's a pic of the finished product:


I added numbers 1-6 to our cube from Mother Goose Time, and now each morning Sweet Pea tosses the cube and then adds that many eggs to the nest practicing her counting.
You can see she rolled a four, added the eggs, and then tried to show me four fingers.  
We are still working on that :)  




I love how we can adjust this to work for us.  

On top of making pieces for an awesome game, Sweet Pea loved making shaving cream eggs so much, she even made a ton more to decorate the house for Easter. Love it.
If you love it too, be sure to pin the image below!


Happy Egg Decorating! 

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