Build A Bird Nest Playdough Activity

Kids big and small are going to LOVE this build a bird nest playdough activity! The possibilities are endless with this nature activity for your child! This bird nest craft is also a great sensory and fine motor activity that will give your child hours of fun! 

DIY build a bird nest playdough activity

Below you will find directions for both how to make playdough and how to use it to create a playdough birds nest. If you are using store bought playdough scroll down for the build a bird nest directions. Another option for this birds nest craft is to use air dry clay. 

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How to make brown playdough for your bird nest craft

Playdough ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (plain flour)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-3 drops brown food colouring

Directions to make playdough for your bird nest:

STEP 1: Combine dry ingredients

Add the all purpose flour, salt and cream of tartar to a medium mixing bowl. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients and set aside.

Easy homemade playdough recipe for bird nest

STEP 2: Add wet ingredients to sauce pan

In a medium sauce pan, add the water, vegetable oil and brown food colouring. Bring water to a boil and then remove from heat.

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STEP 3: Mix ingredients

Slowly add the flour mixture to the warm water, stirring continuously until a thick ball of dough forms. Allow the dough to cool for five minutes in the sauce pan before removing it.

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STEP 4: Knead playdough

Once cooled, place the playdough on a flat working space. Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes or until soft and pliable. Store in a sealed plastic bag or container until ready to use. 

DIY Build A Bird Nest Playdough Activity

Build a bird nest playdough activity invitation

Supplies to build a playdough bird nest:

  • Mini rolling pin
  • Medium bowl
  • Small-sized tree branches
  • Brown or green moss (from craft store)
  • Leaves
  • Miniature bird eggs (I used candy eggs)
  • Miniature bird (from craft store)

How to build a playdough bird nest

STEP 1: Roll out ball of playdough

Using a mini rolling pin, roll the dough out until it’s about 1/2 inch thick and wide enough to fit half way up your bowl. 

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STEP 2: Make nest shape from playdough

Turn the medium bowl upside down and place the playdough on top, pressing down on the sides to ensure the playdough “hugs” the shape of the bowl. Leave the playdough shaped around the bowl for 30 minutes. 

Playdough bird nest craft for kids

After 30 minutes, the playdough will have hardened enough to remove from the bowl and keep the shape of a bird nest. 

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STEP 4: Add twigs leaves and feathers

Gently press small tree branches into the bird nest, scattering them all over. You can also add brown or green moss, leaves and mini bird eggs. 

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STEP 5: Complete birds nest

Complete your DIY bird nest by adding a miniature bird. 

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We hope that you have as much fun with this DIY build a bird nest playdough activity as we did. This birds nest craft is a great nature inspired invitation to create as the options are endless! 

Build a bird nest craft. A fun nature craft and playdough activity for kids.

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