Monday, April 23, 2012

Homeschool Theme of the Week: Birds!

Miss A really enjoyed our unit on birds!  With so many neat kinds out there, who wouldn't?  :)
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 - 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 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  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:

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  1. Michelle,
    What great homeschool ideas. I too am a homeschool parent. (Bird Nest Cupcakes) Now, we have two things in common.
    Amy @ SewIncrediblyCrAzY

  2. What a cute study! I love their milk gallon bird houses!

  3. Awesome! My daughter loves birds and works actively in wildlife rehabilitation. Her favorites are the eagles and hawks. She is a Veterinarian and gives her time freely to the local center, you can visit them at for some great pictures of them.

  4. Such adorable ideas! Love the peepscake. I finally let my kids eat Peeps for the first time the other day and now they keep asking for them!

  5. This is a great unit! I love all of the ideas you found on Pinterest, and I love the peepscake {I LOVE PEEPS!!}

    Thanks for sending to me:) Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

  6. You have so many great ideas here. I love each one. Way to make learning fun.

  7. My daughter and I have been sick and are running out of things to do around here....but we are making that popsicle stick bird feeder this weekend:)Thanks so much for all of these cute and fun bird ideas!
    I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
    xxx, Kim

  8. I adore your blog! I always know I am going to stop by and be totally blown away by all your fun ideas. I adore your Scraps-of-Aid Stand. What a great idea!

  9. Thank you all for the encouragement! I am soooo glad you enjoy the posts! :)

  10. I love the little bird feeder. We made a treasure box out of popsicle sticks a while ago and since my son enjoyed that so much, I know he would love making a little bird feeder too!

  11. so cute, love your Scraps of aid!! :)

  12. LOVE your bird study - WOW! The bird feeder is super creative & cute. And your edible bird nest is way too pretty to eat =-) I featured this on TGIF this week - - Thanks for linking up - can't wait to see what you link up this week!!

  13. Michelle,
    I have enjoyed your blog and am awarding you the One Lovely Blog Award. Please follow this link to my announcement post to learn more about it.

    Jamie @ The Unlikely Homeschool

  14. I love all your bird ideas! We are definitely going to try some of these activities! Thanks so much!