Getting a Little Nutty in your Nest?

A little birdie told me you might need a new fun activity to do!  Today I will share a few fun activities to help you prepare for the first days of Spring and Easter!  Hopefully you might have some or all the supplies to craft these with someone in your family or on your own.  I will show step by step pictures to help make it as easy as possible.  One of my favorite nest memories was when a squirrel kept visiting me outside and each time would take some tissues from a box I placed outside.  I could not figure out why he might need a tissue and he did not appear to have a runny nose.  Then, one day on a walk I spotted the reason why he needed my tissues. He had neatly padded his entire nest with tissues…how cozy!  This clever little squirrel figured out a way to insulate his nest for the upcoming winter months!

LOOK!  SOMEONE MADE A NEST

First let’s make a nest that could hold just about anything from a toy bird to a chocolate Easter egg (Mmmmm!  I LOVE chocolate!).  Here is an image one of my little bunnies made about 5 years ago.  She made hers with a paper lunch bag but any kind of paper can work…even magazine pages.  These little nests can last for a long time!

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To begin you need to gather:

  • paper of choice
  • scissors
  • glue and water mix (2 parts glue and one part water)  For example 1/8 cup water & 1/4 cup of glue.
  • bowl for nest (pick a shape/size you want the nest to be) and one to hold the glue mixture
  • placemat or another paper/wax paper to work on

Here are the steps below:

  1.  Set up you supplies in a creative space to make your nest.
  2. Make sure you nest bowl is upside down when you begin.
  3. Dip strips into glue mixture.  Using your pointer finger and thumb squeeze off the extra glue mixture before laying it on the bowl.  Begin to criss-cross strips.IMG_5594
  4. Continue to add strips in different directions until you can no longer see your bowl. Be creative and add any colors you want your nest to be!  Let your creativity fly! 🙂

5.  When you are finished lay your nest outside or in a safe space to dry. It can take about six hours to dry completely.  When it is dry, flip it right-side up and gently peel it away from the bowl.  Voila! Next fill it with any treats you imagine might come your way on this beautiful spring day!

 

How nutty are you about nests?

Here is a fun and easy recipe you can make!  They are a great breakfast snack to have anytime of the day!  My kids love them and they are fun to fill as well!  We just happened to have a few chocolate chips and sprinkles we added for a pop of color!

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Here is what you need:

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups of Oatmeal

3/4 Cup of Peanut Butter (Almond/Sun work too)

pinch of salt

1-2 mashed bananas

TO MAKE:

  1. Mash one banana in a medium size bowl.
  2. Add nut butter and mix them together completely
  3. Next, add the oatmeal and continue to mix.
  4. After scoop out spoonful, round and place on cookie sheet
  5. Make a small well with back of a wooden spoon inside each cookie.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Fill with chocolate chips before baking or a jam or candy after (like jelly beans).
  8. Yum!  Enjoy with family!

A Birdie Told Me You are Creative!

Last idea for the day is try to make a bird out of Legos!  I received a bird kit for Mother’s Day last year and it made three beautiful birds.  You could try to create your own imaginary bird out of Legos.  If you do not have Legos, create one out of paper.  My children made some adorable paper birds that I just love!  Send me your creations!  I would LOVE to see them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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