The newest addition to the "bird tree" is a nesting ball. Since last fall, the children have carefully saved all the bits of wool and thread left over from the sewing activities, and placed them in a bowl on the bird shelf.
Now that the warm weather is supposed to be just around the corner, one of the 4's and I decided to get the nesting ball ready and hang it in the tree. I gave her the bag that we'd saved from some oranges and she put all the bits inside. She then pulled them apart, loosening them to make it easier for the birds to pull threads out of the ball.
Once she was satisfied that the birds would have no trouble with the threads, she tied a ribbon around the top of the bag. She also pulled some threads out so that they dangled through the mesh.
Then we put on our coats and went outside to hang the nesting ball in the bird tree.
Two days later, the weather turned very cold and we got a lot of snow. Undeterred, the children watch every day to see if a bird will take some of our thread to use in a nest. We are hoping that when we go for walks along the green belt behind our school, we will be able to spot nests with brightly coloured wool and thread woven amongst the twigs.