What's Under the Shell?
A Home for Bird

Build Like a Bird

This activity was inspired by An Egg Is Quiet . To learn more about the book and to see all our An Egg Is Quiet activities, click here

Not only are eggs amazing, but the nests that birds build are equally fascinating. The craftsmanship and durability rival anything built by human hands and the birds do it without a single trip to Home Depot.

Even though spring officially arrived over a week ago our weather refuses to give up its winter ways so our trees are still bare making it easy to spot nests left over from last year. Despite enduring months of rain, snow and sleet, they still look to be intact and completely habitable. How do the birds do it? Grab your nature tote and go on an expedition to collect nest-building supplies and then see what your young reader builds. Leaves, twigs, straw, yarn scraps, dryer lint, and pine needles are a few suggestions. My dog and horse even graciously donated some of their hair to add to creation.

Build a Bird's Nest


  • Container for mixing... I used an broken plastic bowl
  • dirt
  • water
  • nest supplies: mulch, hay, yarn and thread scraps, leaves, twigs, dryer lint, etc.
  • rock for eggs
  1. After gathering the building supplies, dig up some nice dirt, add a little water, and stir it up until you have lovely mud to use as your glue. 
  2. Add your collected supplies a few at a time to the mud and stir to coat.
  3. Once everything is coated, shape the nest and let it sit to dry and harden.
  4. Fill with rock for eggs. You can also paint the rocks to look like eggs, but I found some that were rather egg-shaped and speckled!



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