A couple of weeks ago we noticed a nest in one of our trees. Very shortly after that we noticed some eggs. And shortly after that (though it seemed like an eternity) those little eggs turned into beautiful baby birds.
Of course my little ones wanted to stand right by that tree and peek at those sweet little babies all morning long, but I wanted Mama bird to have a little space.
How did I get those little ones inside? With the idea of making our own baby robins.
Can you even tell the difference? (Our craft robins are the bottom picture, just in case you were stumped by their life-likeness)
These little robin puppets were made out of wooden buttons. We simply painted little red tummies on the buttons, added a yellow beak and little googly eyes, and glued them to popsicle sticks.
The boys decided the birds needed a nest, since they were so young they couldn’t fly yet. Well of course.
We cut a circle out of cardboard, then cut a slit half way through the circle, overlapped the slit edges and glued. A lovely little nest.
Next I suggested perhaps we make a Mama bird. But no, no need for that, Sam would be the Papa bird and Ben would be the Mama. And since Ben is only 2, he was just fine with that arrangement.
These little puppets were used and used and used! We even made up a little robin song to go along with them:
3 baby robins sleeping in a nest,
along came the Mama – she knows best,
She brought the babies worms to eat, eat, eat,
They gobbled them down, what a treat, treat, treat.
Go to sleep babies, rest while Mama sings,
Soon you will learn to fly with your little wings.
(The boys loved it, though as I actually write it down I realize it’s not that great. That’s the beauty of making up songs with kids though, they are not a tough audience to please!)
Of course it wasn’t that long before the boys decided we should show the real baby robins the puppets we made. So back outside we went. At least we were able to give Mama robin a little privacy.
On the bright side, we kept her babies company while she went to get them worms to eat, eat, eat.
Happy Monday! Hope you have a wonderful start to your week friends,