Monday, August 9, 2010

Winning Kids: Counting is for the Birds

Sun Clay Bird Nest
by Shannon

Counting Is for the BirdsCounting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola

One by one, birds arrive at a feeder until a total of 20 are clustered at the spot. A squirrel scatters the flock, thwarting a patient cat who lurks in the background. This versatile book invites more than one reading to absorb the variety of concepts presented. It is, first of all, a counting book with a flowing, rhyming story, but it also gives information about birds in both text and illustration. Each double-spread includes basic facts about physical characteristics and behaviors, specific foods birds prefer, and types of feeders to use. The attractive format successfully separates concepts while maintaining continuity in presentation. Birds are easily identifiable with bright colors that remain true to nature and are attractively framed by a twig design. This books is a combination of counting, rhyming, story, facts, and the visual appeal of the unique presentation succeeds at all levels.

Sun Clay Bird Nest:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water

To Make:

  1. Combine the 2 cups salt and 1 cup water in saucepan, bring to a low boil and stir for 5 minutes, Remove from heat
  2. Combine 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and blend till smooth
  3. Add cornstarch mixture to salt and blend till smooth, cook for addition 2 - 3 mins.
  4. Allow to cool slightly, then knead till smooth
  5. Have kids sculpt and birds nest. (with leftover clay they can sculpt bird or roll out and use cookie cutters)
  6. Place outside in the sun till dry

Then you can paint and decorate ( my youngest didn't want to decorate hers so it's just the color of the clay after the sun dried it)


Bird Ideas Around the Web:


All About the Journey: Bird Cards

All About the Journey: Bird Week with some great activities for you and your child to do for a day or week of bird fun

Sunshine's View: Little Bird

No Time For Flashcards: Bird House Garland

Live Learn Love: Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Pink and Green Mama: Yarn Nest and Pom Pom Birds

Chasing Cheerios: Bird Science Table

Shannon, aka Gidget and Froggi's Mom, blogs over at Welcome To Our Wonderland, where you'll find lots of book-related activities and book reviews.
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Susan said...

What a cute book! I love the Salt Clay idea for a nest. You are super creative. Thanks for linking to me too.

mysteryguy said...

Brilliant blog -- I love it!

Lisa said...

Great post. I love the bird's nest.