Crafting provides a way to connect with and educate your child. Creating your own bird's nest is one example of a craft that teaches your child about nature. Birds make their nests from objects they find lying around, such as twigs, leaves, thread and feathers. Simplify this process by using basic crafting materials or substitute tasty items to create an edible version of a bird's home sweet home.
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Things you need
- 1 round balloon
- 2 styrofoam bowls
- Craft glue
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- Mixing spoon
- 3 1/2 cup chow mein noodles
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- Waxed paper
- Jelly beans
Blow up a small balloon and knot it closed. Place it with the knotted end down in a styrofoam bowl to keep the balloon in place.
Pour glue into another styrofoam bowl and add a little bit of water so the glue takes on a milky consistency.
Cut several strands of yarn about 6 inches long. Use different coloured yarn for a more eclectic and natural-looking bird's nest.
Dip the yarn pieces into the glue mixture, fully soaking the yarn. Wrap the yarn around the top of the balloon to make a cup shape. Continue layering glue-soaked yarn onto the balloon until the layers are about one-half inch thick.
Let the glue dry and carefully remove the nest from the balloon.
Melt a bag of chocolate chips in a saucepan, stirring constantly with a spoon.
Add 3 1/2 c. of dry chow mein noodles and 1/2 c. of coconut flakes to the melted chocolate and stir until everything is coated with chocolate.
Remove the saucepan from the heat. Spoon out large chunks of the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper, and press it in the middle with the spoon to make a depression.
Drop four or five jelly beans into each edible nest and place the nests into the refrigerator to cool. When the nests harden, the nests are ready for eating.
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