Friday, March 26, 2010

Little Nest Eggs

NESTS are fun to build but not nearly as easy as you'd think. We tried several different sets of materials, starting with grass and glue. It was tricky, so we changed tacks to create two-dimensional grass nests for our new hanging chickens. Of course they then needed eggs, which we made by watercolouring paper and covering them with crushed egg shells. Not quite the nest project I had envisaged, but fun nevertheless.

Stick nests were trickier still until we discovered vines. These are wonderfully pliable and can be woven through and around all the brittle sticks that insist on breaking. After a few attempts and genuine awe for birds who accomplish such a sculpture with only feet and a beak, this nest gradually took form and now has pride of place on our nature table.

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