Bird’s nest sensory activity

Mar 14, 2016

Today the bright spring weather took us outside and we collected materials for a simple nature sensory activity: building birds’ nests. This activity was inspired by the beautiful photos shared on The Imagination Tree Facebook page.


bird nest

After a long time playing in the garden, running, kicking a ball, chasing bubbles and digging in the mud, we finished off by picking daisies and gathering moss and grass. We brought it inside and I talked to the little ones about how soft the moss and grass felt, and how it would be good for a bird’s nest. We sculpted nests from homemade play dough, then added the moss and grass.


We made some play dough eggs to add to the nest. The little one ran off unprompted and dug out a little Duplo penguin to sit on a nest!

This activity was really short. It looks pretty, but I’ve got to say it wasn’t wildly popular with my boys! Digging, running, and chasing bubbles in the sunshine were definitely bigger hits today. Still I felt it was a nice way to celebrate spring and help draw their attention to the changing season.


There are many more sensory and seasonal activity ideas in my book: Word Boosting: A practical guide to encouraging your toddler’s language skills, with 365+ easy playtime activities. The book includes suggestions and strategies for supporting language learning as you play.

This post is shared at Montessori Monday, Sharing Saturday and Let Kids Be Kids.



  1. Let Kids Be Kids
    March 15, 2016

    It sounds like a lovely activity and one that would teach them a little about birds nests, even if it didn’t last long.
    Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsbeKids

  2. Erin Vincent
    March 17, 2016

    Wonderful Activity! I like how you incorporated the play dough eggs with your bird nests. My daughter would love pretending there were baby birds just waiting to be hatched! #LetKidsBeKids

    • Kathleen
      March 17, 2016

      Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it!


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