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Bird's Nest

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Biology Volunteer Activities

Students read a book about nests and then build their own bird's nest.

This is a virtual adaptation of an activity from one of the National Office kits: Why Live Here?

What You Need

Materials if dropping off at a school:

  • 1 paper bowl per student
  • 1 clothespin per student
  • 1 paper/plastic/wooden egg per student
  • Glue

For the teacher:

  • 1 large bag of a mix of paper straw/grass.
  • Some small felt pieces, pompoms, cotton balls, paper straws cut in half, popsicle sticks, feathers, strings, etc. - Enough for each student to have some of each.

For the volunteer:

  • Bird's Nest Book

Materials if NOT being dropped off at a school:

  • 1 paper bowl per student
  • Glue
  • 1 clothespin per student
  • 1 egg or something that rolls before student
  • Materials to build a nest: can be from outside (twigs, leaves, and grass) or torn paper, craft sticks, soft materials like cloth, cotton balls, etc. 


Bird's Nest Book:

Safety Notes

As a Let’s Talk Science volunteer, safety must be foremost in our minds during all activities. As STEM role models, volunteers must always also model safe science practices.

Always keep in mind the following precautions:

  • Emphasize and demonstrate appropriate safety procedures throughout the presentation.
  • Be professional but have fun.
  • Keep workspaces clean to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Allergens should have been checked before reserving the kit (e.g. allergies to latex).

What To Do

The volunteer will read the Birds Build Nests storybook to the students. 

Now the students will pretend they are a bird and will build their own bird's nest. The educator will give you a paper bowl and you can build your nest by placing some glue in the bowl and sticking your nesting material to the bowl.

The educator will provide the students with a clothespin, which the students will use as their beak to collect the materials for the nest, like a bird would in nature. The educator will then place some materials for your nest all over the classroom and the students will have to collect it and make a nest to keep their egg safe and warm.