The Deliciousaurus that we made last time in my 5 year old’s class made a blast. Now, another school story time with mommy was coming up and we needed something to meet those big expectations.
At home, my eight year old was also looking forward to help us with this edible project, so there are options in this project for both of them to get creative. And an educational aspect, for all of us to learn something new.
My son picked the book Flap Your Wings by P. D. Eastman to read in school. Now it was my turn to pick the craft. So, on the morning of our story time I let him know that this time around, we wouldn’t be able to eat our crafts after we make them. Big disappointment. So, after dropping him off to school I needed to come up with a quick, fun and edible craft… in addition to the other things that I had in mind. This is the end result.
What we ended up using:
- waffle basket
- popcorn or small marshmallows
- edible grass (if you can find it), or green licorice
- gummy worms
- marshmallow peeps, pink and blue – cute marshmallow birds
- for older ones: black licorice
- magic-grow capsules (look like little pills, have little sponge animals inside)
- clear disposable cup
- warm water
We started with a book. It is funny, witty, wise – what could be better!
Then we got our eggs ready to hatch: filled the clear plastic cups with warm water and dropped a magic-grow capsule in each. While “the babies were busy hatching, we got busy with an edible part of the project.
- Lay down the pretzel sticks like tree branches
- Plant the nest in the branches:
- 5 year old: placed a waffle basket
- 8 year old: weaved a nest with black licorice. We put our’s to the microwave to soften.
3. Inside of the Nest: The birds like their nest comfy and fluffy: we filled ours with popcorn. Little marshmallows could do too.
4. Birds often use grass in their nests: I couldn’t find edible grass, but we had some green licorice.
5. Birdie time: Mr. and Mrs. Bird, one pink, one blue marshmallow peeps, were placed neatly side by side in their new home.
6. Birdie snack: no, not for you, silly. First, the birds need a sweet snack for their upcoming baby: our little birds found a gummy worm for their Junior.
7. Now our sweet creations were ready to finally meet their baby! By the time we were done, almost every cup had a fully hatched surprise: our’s were all from wild safari – some birdies got giraffes, some – hippos, some – zebras, some – elephants.
Back home we actually discussed where each of them lives, what’s the appropriate home for this Junior. We looked at some more books about birds nests to make this experience not only yummy, but also educational. I found a free PDF lesson plan about the birds nesting. and animal architects. We also flipped through Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them by Sharon Beals. The book is gorgeous, it has photographs of 50 different nests and some information about the birds on the side, but I wish the pictures were less artistic and set not against the black background, but in their natural habitats,including a picture of each of the birds. Well, that was what I was able to find in our local library really quickly, and if you find a better book, please share!
The worst part: Mr. and Mrs. Bird looked so cute in their nests, that it felt awkward to suggest kids to eat them!
The best part: with no hesitation on the part of my kids, all parts of the project (with the exception of the spongy-Juniors), were happily devoured.