Here are some snippets from this theme:
A fun last minute snack one day:
Muffin Cups 1 & 2: blackberry clouds.
Muffin Cup 3 (NOT shown): peanut butter "mud" for spreading all over the Peeps!
Other items: Purple grape clouds, red apple umbrella (I saw a photo of some amazing apple umbrellas on Pinterest - I think you can find them on www.cutefoodforkids.com - and thought I would try one) with a string cheese handle, purple Peeps with peach boots, and blue M&M raindrops.
We learned about different types of bird nests and then attempted to make one of our own! This is a great activity for kids who love to get down in the dirt and mud, squishing it around in their fingers as they construct a nest.
Miss A also practiced the art of making a nest cozy by adding pieces of ribbon, felt, etc. to it. In order to incorporate some addition, she added two numbers together to determine how many items to add each time.
More math fun with an egg graph! Actually, the eggs were really just sparkly jelly beans but they certainly worked well for our graphing purposes, not to mention our tasting purposes afterwards. ;)
I found a neat bird feeder idea on Pinterest (see it here), so we made one and filled it with seed! I wonder who our first feathered visitor will be???
Some kids have lemonade stands, but WE have a Scraps-of-Aid Stand for the birds. Inspired by this post, we constructed our own little container from an oatmeal can and some paint, filled it with scraps of yarn, ribbon, raffia, felt pieces, etc. for birds to use when making their nests cozy! :)
This painting was just a matter of finding items around the house with different textures to use for making the different parts of the picture: thumbprint birds, corrugated cardboard trees, sponge clouds, and lots of paint! :) We also added feathers for the wings. I believe the lines you see are showing the flight paths of the birds (also note the nests of eggs)...
We found a neat book in the library illustrating how to draw a large variety of birds, step by step (see the link at the bottom of this post if interested). Miss A chose some to draw and then we looked them up on www.allaboutbirds.org so we could listen to the sounds the birds made and learn a bit more about them.
These two bird houses are not only a fun and simple craft, they are also serving as a science experiment. Miss A painted one in bright colors and one in camouflage colors. The goal is to see which house attracts more bird attention. Who knows - maybe a feathered friend will even decide to nest in one (or both)!
Peepscake, anyone? We followed a very simple no bake cheesecake recipe. We then melted some chocolate and mixed it with edible Easter grass to make our nest on top of the cheesecake. Jelly bean "eggs" placed under the Peeps in the nest were the finishing touch for a yummy dessert in honor of our bird theme!
For anyone interested in incorporating a bird theme into a homeschool or classroom environment, I highly recommend this free website www.allaboutbirds.org. My kids loved it! You can learn about different types of birds, listen to the sounds each makes, see pictures and videos (if available), etc. We were especially captivated by the live video we found when we looked up the Great Blue Heron and could see one up close sitting on her nest of eggs!
Some bird books: