Mother birds feed their babies wiggly worms while they stay safe in their nest. Those wiggly worms can be hard to hang on to! This sensory bin is a big bird nest full of wiggly worms and baby birds waiting to be fed. Strengthen fine motor muscles, work on color sorting, and have fun playing all at the same time!
Just like our sensory play ideas, this activity is full of super fun, developmentally appropriate learning!
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Baby Bird Nest Supplies:
- shredded brown paper (definitely paper, not Easter grass)
- colored pipe cleaners
- plastic birds (like these fun colored birds!)
- bowls for sorting
There are different ways to play in this sensory bin, depending on the learning level and age of the preschoolers. Use clothespins to carefully pick out the colored worms. Drop the colored worm into the correct color bowl for the birds. Sort all the worms by color. Be careful not to pull apart the nest, so no baby birds fall out!
Let younger learners use their own fingers to find the worms. Instead of sorting colors, toddlers could also just collect and feed the birds with any worms they find!
Pretending to be a mommy bird has never been more fun!
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