Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY: Nest Depots


My daughter’s second grade class spent their last few weeks of school learning about habitats. A representative from Olympia's Hands On Children’s Museum came to her school to talk about different animal homes and gave each child two Nest Depots.

Nest Depots are similar to birdhouses, but instead of being full of bird food they contain supplies birds can use to build their nests. The Nest Depots my daughter received look almost like square canvas frames for cross stitching. They included scraps of yarn, ribbon, and colorful craft feathers.



We have many neighborhood birds who hang out near our home so we hung up the Nest Depots on our back patio. We are keeping a list of the materials we used in the depots so we can track what the birds are taking and finding useful. We love helping out our local birds!

Bella watching the birds outside.

14 comments:

Brittney said...

How fun! I have never heard of this! Your birds must really like you guys now!

kerry said...

Fab idea!!

Debbie McConnell said...

What a fun idea!! It's going to be neat to later check out all the things the birds used.

Wonderful idea!!

Tina B said...

I've never heard of depots, either! Very cute (and educational) idea :).

Kelly Bejelly said...

I've never heard of this but it's an awesome idea! I'll have to do this with my son when he's older.

MommyMandi said...

This is a wonderful idea! I bet she's having fun seeing what the birds have taken.

Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN said...

great idea for a craft!

Lindsey said...

What a great project to do with children! I'm definitely gonna do this with my daughter - she'd love seeing what the birds take!

Margaux at YoungNesters said...

Very cool! Hope you guys can spot some birds visiting.

Diane said...

I heard about something similar earlier in the spring but forgot to do it. It said to leave string, ribbon and pet hair clumps someplace where the birds can easily find them to make it easier to build a home.

Silent Springs said...

We used to do this by laying our pieces of scrap on an old tree stump. so fun to watch!

Lisa Brown said...

I tried to build one of these a few months back... but I thin I did something wrong. So far, all of the nesting goods are still there!

Amanda said...

We have birds that build nests on top of our columns on the front porch every year. This is a great idea! The girls love seeing the baby birds!

Nicole @ Some Call It Natural said...

What a great idea!

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