Candace Mazur Darman is a teaching artist currently working with the Ohio State School for the Blind and A.G. Bell. She is a poet, performer, and artist. Here is an activity she put together for spring time.
This activity is based on book This Is The Nest that Robin Built by Denise Fleming.
Engineer a nest makeover. I cleaned out my costumes to help the birds. Use whatever you have to see what they liked best. For each material you use, write a little two or three line poem. Here is the example I made. Once you have gathered all your material place them outside where the birds can come get them.
This is ticket, gold and bold
That is Charlie’s ticket to have and hold.
Gold foil cut in strips
This is the string, long and strong
That the Little Mermaid held
As her voice grew into song.
Twisted shiny ribbon
This is the hair, Pale and Frail
That made the fur on a Fantastic Fox Tail
Dog’s hair trimmings
This is the netting Bright and White
That Jasmine wore on the carpet at night
Tulle cut into strips
This is the fire, burning and bright
Spit by the Dragon, Reluctant to fight.
Streamer from 4th of July
This is the straw, mellow and yellow
Used by pig Wilbur, Charlotte’s best fellow
Old hula skirt
This is the clue, read and protected
Decoded by Sherlock, a famous detective.
This is the braid, tangled and twisted
Used by Rapunzel when she was visited
This is the top, fuzzy and loose,
Thing one and Thing Two wore
When created by Seuss.
These are the vines, draped and shaped
Swung on by Moguli
When making an escape.
Did you find some unique materials? Where did you imagine they were from? Share your poem in the comments section!