Thursday, April 24, 2014

{Weekly Kid's Co-Op} Birds, Nests and Spring!

Spring Inspired Play! 

I love seeing, sharing and enjoying outdoor and nature play with my kids, especially when Spring arrives. The hills around our house are green. The lavender in our yard is in full bloom, and even weeding the yard as a family is fun! Today's picks from the Weekly Kid's Co-Op were inspired by Spring as was today's Picture Book of the Day.

Bonus Share: Ideas so you can Move, Eat, Draw and Learn with this book.

Kid's Co-Op Post Picks

Click on the description of each activity to go to their site.

Bonus Share: Our Nest Learning Activities

I've enjoyed combining Caterpillar's Tot School (he's 2.5) with PreK Learning Experiences for Wild Thing (whose 4). I use a loose Letter of the Week approach (often stretching out beyond a week), primarily to structure our activities. With the Letter N, we loved exploring Nests. He's a glimpse at what we did:

We collected sticks and twigs outside to add to these craft store nests my mom sent us. Wild Thing also practiced writing the word nest, and we looked at various books about birds so that we could see different types of nests and discovered. Through reading and researching, we also discovered that alligators and turtles also create nests. 

After letting our nests dry, we filled them with plastic eggs and finger puppet birds. Then we made some impromptu chocolate nests using a relatively healthy Cocoa Rice cereal (Mom's Best Cereal is the brand) and some marshmallows we had leftover from some fun marshmallow-toothpick building.

To give our nests an even healthier twist, we filled them with nuts to represent eggs rather than filling them with candy. 

The nuts also tied in with our Letter N focus. We tasted different types of nuts, and Wild Thing practiced writing and reading the word nuts. We compared three words: nuts, nest, and nets noticing how slight changes (one letter or letter order) create completely different words. Check out more of our Letter of the Week sensory experiences here.

I'm also sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by to check out what's happening with The Weekly Kid's Co-Op. 
Now it's time to link-up and play!


  1. Thanks for including our sticks sensory bin, and enjoy the Spring sunshine! xx Danya

  2. Thanks so much for sharing our Birds' Nest craft! Much appreciated!

  3. This looks like so much fun! I am such a sucker for fun extension activities and a good book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  4. This is a great source for all of our N needs LOL! Truly. Thanks for visiting my N post, as well.