There's an old nursery rhyme that says -
The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor Robin do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in the barn,
To keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing, poor thing.
It seems to be holding true here. There is definitely a north wind blowing, and promising snow. And, while I've heard rumors of robins in town already, we have yet to see any in our yard. Apparently, they are hiding out until the good weather arrives to stay.
In the meantime, we're reading Priscilla Beiz Jenkins' Nest Full of Eggs, another of the level 1, Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. And, turning our empty cereal boxes into rocking robin cards, an idea I found on Marghanita's Nature blog, where strangely, to me, it's listed as a Christmas craft. I can see we've got a geography project ahead of us - Where do robins go in the winter?
But, for now the craft...
The girls (my youngest two ages 5 and 3), traced a couple of circles on the back of an unfolded cereal box.
I cut them out, and folded them in half.
And, since our box was orange, I also used it to cut out some diamonds for beaks, and strips for tail feathers, otherwise I could have used construction paper.
The girls added the beaks, and feathers with glue, and we pressed everything flat with cans, while the glue dried (did you know that this months Unplugged project theme is flat?)
Once everything was dry, the girls added googly eyes, and wads of red tissue paper to the robin breasts.
They look quite springy on our windowsill...
...even if the sky outside, does not.
For more story stretching arts and crafts projects for children, check out this week's stART (story+ art) link up, hosted by A Mommy's Adventures.
Or, to find more flat projects click over to this month's Unplugged Project page, at Unplug Your Kids.
It's great to be a homeschooler.