Before Februrary break, Red Roomers noticed our finches building a nest by carefully placing hay stems inside of the basket inside of their cage. What were they getting ready for?! We soon had our answer in the form of five tiny, white eggs inside NutCracker and Robin Louise’s nest. Upon returning to school this week, we got a fantastic surprise–two of the eggs had hatched and there were two wriggling chicks being warmed between their parents!
This week we have been exploring different types of nests made by different bird species, as we learn more about what our finches and their babies need for their home. While looking closely at photographs of nests from the book Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Them by Sharon Beals, we asked the Red Room, “What is a nest?”
Robin: It has sticks all around it with eggs in it and they have to hatch. This one is a shell nest. It’s near the beach!
Arlo: A nest is a home that has all sticks around it and the birds have eggs in it. This one has ribbon and yarn and tape.
Leo: A nest has a hole and eggs in it. White and black eggs. Nests are circles.
Maggie: A nest can be made of sticks, leaves, and feathers.
DouDou: Birds have five eggs. Birds inside!
Isaac: It has circle eggs. They are outside.
Kilian: Colors, blue. Mama!
Kaio: Leaf, branches.
Gunnu: Seven eggs. Circle.
Sammy A: This one is made out of a tree and there’s sticks inside. I think an eagle made this one.
Sammy L-S: This bird made this nest out of hair and white feathers. It belongs to a white bird. There are skeletons in there.
Logan: Blue eggs!
Jameson: It’s made out of leaves. There are two white eggs inside.
Max: This one is snowing!
Soon after, the children began building nests out of clay at the art table, placing carefully-rolled clay eggs inside, announcing to teachers and friends, “They’re going to hatch!”
We asked Red Roomers what kinds of materials we could add to our clay nests based on the nest photographs, and began collecting leaves, sticks, and flowers from the playground to add to our clay table. We also took jars of sea glass and seashells down from the windowsills to explore with our clay forms. In the coming weeks we’ll continue to add gathered and found materials to our nests, adding layers of ribbon, feathers, or yarn to our growing constructions.