Spring is here, and with it came nesting birds and green things pushing up through the earth. Bring a bit of this fresh, new season indoors with Painted Wooden Eggs, a spring nature craft for kids.
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Bird’s nests and eggs are incredibly fascinating. Did you know that robins weave a tidy nest of grasses, twigs, and mud, whereas house sparrows are messy birds that just stuff grass, weed, twigs, paper, and trash into a hole? Each bird is so different! Last spring, we enjoyed the incredible experience of observing a mother robin build her nest and hatch chicks. We hope she returns this spring!
We painted our wooden eggs (found at the local craft store) to look just like bird’s eggs. Here are some ideas:
American Robin | Turquoise eggs
House Sparrow | White eggs with brown speckles
Blue Jay | Green eggs with brown spots
American Goldfinch | Blue-white eggs
Red-winged Blackbird | Blue-green with purple spots and streaks
Black-capped Chickadee | White eggs with tan speckles
Downy Woodpecker | Pure white eggs
In case you were wondering, the bright yellow egg is a Sun Dragon’s Egg and the grey egg is from a Cyborg Dragon. (This happens, sometimes, when crafting with boys!)
To create streaked eggs, dip a paintbrush into acrylic paint and lightly tap it in the air over the egg. We speckled eggs the same way, but used much less paint.
The eggs we made together—bird and dragon—are displayed inside a beautiful wooden bowl, handmade by my Dad. The boys dump them out for imaginative play. As I type, they are currently being buried in kinetic sand by my youngest.
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