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Build a Bird Nest

Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Habitat, climate, material properties
Circular bird nest made from twigs with a layer of grass in the center to provide padding for an egg.

Introduction

Different types of birds lay their eggs in different places. Some build tiny nests in bushes, some build enormous nests in tall trees. Some lay their eggs directly on the ground or on rocky ledges. Those that build nests use many different types of materials. In this project you will try to build your own bird nest using only natural materials that you can find outside. Can you do better than a bird?

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Eggs or small rocks that you can pretend are eggs
  • Assorted natural materials that you find outside such as twigs, grass, leaves, dirt, rocks, sand, etc. The materials you have available will depend on where you live.
  • Bucket or other container to collect materials

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Habitat, climate, material properties