The Best Nest: A Literacy and STEM Preschool Lesson

This simple preschool activity brings to life P.D. Eastman’s beloved book, The Best Nest, as your child reads the book, searches for nest building material and then creates his or her own nest. It’s a fun hands-on learning experience that your child will love! Last week, our preschool unit centered around birds. We had all sorts of fun pretending to fly like birds, making a giant nest out of blankets, learning about the parts of a bird, and making play dough birds and sticking feathers in them (see the bottom of this post for links to some of the great resources I used). My favorite activity (and Little Man’s, too) was when we made our own bird’s nests.

I’ve written before about our love of scavenger hunts, so I thought it would be fun to do a scavenger hunt to look for materials to build a nest, just like birds do.

I love taking books that we already love and making them more meaningful to my kids by connecting them to the real world. And that’s exactly what I did with this lesson. Before we headed out on our hunt, we read the book The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman. It’s a classic that I remember loving as a kid, and Little Man loves it, too. We’d read it before this activity, but this time I told him to pay special attention to what the birds use to build their nest.

The Best Nest book by P.D. Eastman

I read the book, and then we talked about the things that the birds used. We grabbed a bag, and headed outside on a walk to become birds looking for building materials.

Here are some of the materials we used:

  • straw
  • string
  • sticks
  • grass
  • pine needles
  • leaves

Once we were satisfied with our supplies (well, actually it started to rain, so we just decided we had enough), we headed home and got to work building our nest.This simple preschool activity brings to life P.D. Eastman’s beloved book, The Best Nest, as your child reads the book, searches for nest building material and then creates his or her own nest. It’s a fun hands-on learning experience that your child will love!

I love the lesson plan I found here about nest building, although I found that Little Man didn’t have a lot of patience for trying to actually weave a nest together. Still, he thought it was great fun to shape it into a circle and then add Easter eggs. (Seriously, this kid cannot get enough of Easter eggs! We really need another holiday to switch his focus.)This simple preschool activity brings to life P.D. Eastman’s beloved book, The Best Nest, as your child reads the book, searches for nest building material and then creates his or her own nest. It’s a fun hands-on learning experience that your child will love!

All in all, it was a great activity for Little Man. It encompasses literacy skills and STEM exploration, which are so important. Mostly, it gave both of us a better appreciation for how HARD it is to build a nest. I’m pretty impressed with those little birdies and their architectural abilities.

Here are some links to other bird activities we enjoyed this week. Check them out!

DIY Bird Feeders
Easy DIY Bird Feeders from The Many Little Joys

The Best Nest - Bird-Feathers
Bird Feather Matching from All Things Moms

The Best Nest - worm bin2
Baby Bird Gets the Worm Sensory Bin from Modern Preschool

The Best Nest paint-feather
Feather Painting from Muchkins and Moms

This simple preschool activity brings to life P.D. Eastman’s beloved book, The Best Nest, as your child reads the book, searches for nest building material and then creates his or her own nest. It’s a fun hands-on learning experience that your child will love!

8 thoughts on “The Best Nest: A Literacy and STEM Preschool Lesson

    1. P.D. Eastman is one of my favorites for classic kids’ literature. He’s the author of Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog, Go. Thanks for stopping by!

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