Parts of a bird nest in a nature bottle

Parts of a bird nest in a nature bottle

Around by the back door, I discovered a birdnest tucked up on top of this lamp.  I took the children on a little walk so we could see the birdnest and talk about what kinds of things the bird had used to make the nest…

We discovered that the bird nest had straw and leaves and even some unusual items stuck in like pieces of plastic. It was a good opportunity for the children to see what happens when birds find trash left outside…

After examining our bird nest, the children went around and found items they might use if making their own bird nest…

Each child was given two plastic bottles. In one bottle, they were given a specific part of a birdnest to collect such as sticks, leaves, or flowers. In the other bottle, the children could collect anything of nature they wanted….

This little guy was on a hunt for leaves…

And this little guy was on a hunt for rocks (even though birds may not use rocks in their nest, we decided it would be fun to add a nature bottle with rocks too)…

Once all the children had filled their bottles with items from nature, we took the bottles back inside to take a closer look at our findings…

For our parts of a bird nest bottle collection, we filled each bottle with water and then hot glued a lid on to keep the water and the collections in place.  For the other bottles, the children added a lid but no water so they could go ahead and take them home at the end of the day…

By the next day, some of the water in our nature bottles had changed color. Our water in the bottle with the brown leaves turned a soft yellow. The “parts of a bird nest” nature bottles made a lovely addition to our classroom…

In my next post, I will share with you more on how we used our bottles to talk about the parts of a bird nest in circletime!

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  • School Sparks Renee Posted April 27, 2012 3:32 pm

    Very clever! I’ll be interested in hearing about your circletime conversation. Renee

  • Kristen Stehli Posted April 27, 2012 4:14 pm

    Thanks so much for the compliments in my comments!! I wanted you to know I have had you listed in the must see blogs board I made on pinterest

    You really should join the kids co-op… one of the posts you commented on. Its not just on my blog is on like 100 other blogs too its a big collaboration of moms that post in it weekly!!

    are you on facebook? ill invite you to the group!!

  • Kristen Stehli Posted April 27, 2012 4:19 pm

    OH I see you are on the group already!!

  • maryanne @ mama smiles Posted April 27, 2012 5:09 pm

    What a lovely activity! Excellent use of old water bottles, too 🙂

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree Posted April 27, 2012 5:11 pm

    Very cool. We are on a bird nest kick here too. We made our own nests from natural materials and we are making some others for a future post.

  • Allison Posted April 27, 2012 7:20 pm

    What a clever way to explore nature using recycled materials. 🙂

  • crystal@growingajeweledrose Posted April 27, 2012 10:31 pm

    I love these bird nest discovery bottles. I especially love how the water changed colors.

  • Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam Posted April 27, 2012 10:36 pm

    What a neat idea for creating a display with nature materials!! If you have the time, I would love you to share this at our Outdoor Play Party. =)

  • Erin @ Small Types Posted April 28, 2012 1:56 am

    You have the best ideas! What a fun way to look closely at nature. My boys would love this. It would be fun to look closely at the contents of the bottle with a magnifying glass too.

  • sue fromm Posted April 28, 2012 1:12 pm

    We found a bird nest that had blown in a playground area at the local zoo. Not wanting it to be trampled, we turned it in to the staff who informed us that unless one has a special permit , it is illegal to collect nests even if they are empty or fallen. I have had nests brought in by parents to have the children ” explore in a bag “. Googled to find it is indeed a federal law punishable by fine and even prison time – yikes.

  • Ms. Dawn, The Singing Nurse Posted April 28, 2012 5:55 pm

    I love exploring the outdoors, nice post Deborah.
    For Health Kids, Dawn

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:28 pm

    Thank you Dawn! It is lovely to see your signature on my wall these days:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:36 pm

    If I have read up on this correctly – these laws apply to “ACTIVE” nests not to nests that have been abandon or no longer in use such as a nest that has fallen out of a tree on the ground and has no eggs or birds living or using them any longer. The key term here is “active”. The nest in our light is still there and untouched as of now:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:37 pm

    I agree – I just bought some new magnifying glasses for my kids to check out. I will have to set them out with the bottles this week!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:38 pm

    The change of color brought a new element of discovery into our experience:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:38 pm

    Thank you Allison!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:38 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your future posts!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:38 pm

    Thank you Maryanne!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 30, 2012 11:40 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in your must see list! That is so very generous of you. And thank you for your invite to the Kids Co-op! It has gotten so big now that it is hard to keep track of who is a member:)

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