The younger girls spotted a new nest, in a nearby tree. There was quite a bit of excitement, as I'm sure you can imagine.
They wanted to give the mama bird something to make her nest soft, and warm, like the one in Constantine Georgiou's The Nest, that we read earlier in the week.
I remembered seeing a nesting bag, made by the gals over at the Frugal Family Fun Blog, last year. Actually, I had set aside a mesh fruit bag, with just that project in mind. So, I pulled it out, along with some various bits of fluff, yarn, strips of cloth, and hair. E (age 6), took the job of cleaning out the hairbrushes. Gross I know, but we read that birds love hair for their nests, because it's so soft, and we have plenty, so why not share?
The girls stuffed all their gifts into the bag...
...pulling bits out through the mesh, for the birds to grab.
Then, I tied it closed, and the Man of the House helped them slip it over the branch, of one of the trees, in the backyard...
...and to fill the bird feeder, to draw in our feathered friends.
I have to admit, I'm a little skeptical if we'll have any takers for our fluff. With the bits of fabric, and yarn moving in the wind, it looks more like something that should scare birds away, rather than invite them in. But, it will be interesting to watch, and see.
For more fun with science, check out this week's Science Sunday link-up over at Adventures in Mommydom.
It's great to be a homeschooler.