First of all, douse the wool in loads of gloopy glue. This is the fun and messy, sensory play element 😉
Wrap around the circumference of the pot as well (we didn’t do this quite enough.)
Leave it to dry overnight. We left it for two days as it took ages to dry. Eventually we put it over the radiator and that sped things right up!
Carefully remove the pot from underneath and you are left with a beautiful nest shape, all ready to fill with eager little chicks.
Awwwww! I don’t know what it is about these chicks but they’ve melted my heart since childhood. Just so teeny and fluffy and somehow very needy.
Cakie was thrilled to have somewhere to put her “birds” and carried them around to play with in their new little home. (Excuse the self-hand-stamping evidence.)
And we used some more of the wool and glue combination to create a piece of beautiful art work together.
This activity is good for:
* sensory and messy play
* creative and imaginative development
* knowledge and understanding of the world: animal homes and habitats/ change of materials from soft to hard & wet to dry
awww, that is so cute!
Ms. Jessi says
I just found your blog and I love it! This nest is so precious…and I’m so with you on those little chicks. This post reminded me to go out and buy some for the classroom. 🙂
I love crafts with yarn and glue and make an attempt with them again and again, always with disastrous results. But we’re going to try this one! Its so cute.
I love this idea and am going to try it with my 3 and 1 year olds! Thanks!
Oh my how SUPER adorable!!! I love these and a great use of leftover wool!!
rachelle @ tinkerlab says
I’m drawn to the photo of Cakie’s purple hands holding the basket — it just says so much about her creative life with you! Fabulous ideas, as usual!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Aw thanks Rachelle- that makes me feel better about her frequent messiness! 😉
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Jessi your blog looks FAB! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Elle Belles Bows says
Love it! I saved it to use for a later project with E. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and this is a great season to make a little basket. It looks great! Come and link up with fun for Kids Friday http://www.localfunforkids.com : )
Monkeying Around says
what a fab idea! we used a similar technique at halloween to make pumpkins.xx
Being in early childhood education, I really appreciate your references to how each activity is a learning experience to children. Awesome blog!!
Rachel at Sun Scholars says
So sweet!!! I have been wanting to make these with my kids. I need to get my hands on some yarn. I love that you added the little chicks! So cute!
Thanks so much for linking up with For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! I’ll be posting the next party later tonight. Hope to have you stop by!
:)rachel @ SunScholars.blogspot.com
This is so brilliant & so easy! When I saw the picture at the beginning I wondered how it could be done in class but it will be fantastic & different! Thank you so much for linking to the Resource Centre. Hope to see you next week!
Kimira Curic says
I am so glad that I am not the only person whose kids have self stamping evidence
super cute! My daughter will love this. Where did the little chicks come from?