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Making Story Birds

The snow is thawing. Its still white outside, but it’s not solid ice anymore. Despite this, the boys woke and asked for a pyjama day. Being Sunday and still cold and wet, I wholeheartedly agreed. I sent one of the boys out into the garden to thieve an arm from our melting snowman and put it on the radiator to dry.

Printing out a bird template, the boys stuck them onto card, cut them out and then decorated them with feathers, stickers, tissue paper and glitter. Leaving them to dry we made maps telling the story of the nesting birds and writing silly stories about the birds we had made.

They drew a plan of an imaginary garden and all the things they would like to add to the garden for the birds.

Once our maps and stories were finished, we concertinaed them up and pushed them through a small slit we had made in the body of the bird. We fashioned them into makeshift wings and then added a string to tie them onto the stick.

Retrieving the snowman’s arm from the radiator, now nicely warm and dry, we wrapped it in wool before hanging our story birds from the ‘branches’.  We slip it into a vase that’s filled with teasels, feathers and dried cones from a monkey puzzle tree – various things the boys have collected and couldn’t be parted with.

We’re dipping back into our nature curriculum from Raising Little Shoots this week, and the first topic of March is focused on nesting birds – hence the story birds. We also thought it would follow on nicely from National Nest Box Week, which saw the boys make a bird box at forest school.

(Photo Credit: diymamablog.com)

In our book, ‘101 Ways to Save the Earth’, by David Bellamy, it suggests saving a fruit net (the type that citrus fruits come in) and filling it with scraps of wool, string, hair from your hairbrush, etc. We thought this would be a great activity to incorporate into our nesting birds study. However, we came across a post on Facebook advising us not to do this as there have been numerous reports of birds ending up in sanctuaries needing to be cut free from unnatural materials.

The post came at the right time, so instead we’re going to find moss, lichen and small twigs to use instead.

(Photo Credit: Facebook – Wildlife Rescue Nests)

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