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Easter craft: Nesting Instinct

Nesting Instinct

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Inspired by the home-building boom that keeps our feathered friends busy each spring, this simple craft gets everybody outdoors to gather materials and enjoy the season. A modeling clay base makes the whole thing a breeze to put together. When it's done, the nest is a sweet home for your family's egg creations.


  • Air-drying modeling clay (we recommend Crayola Model Magic for its pliability and ease of use)
  • Garden clippers
  • Twigs and yarn, straw, or other nest-building materials


Nesting Instinct - Step 1

1. Shape the clay into a shallow bowl with thick sides. (Our nest measures about 5 inches across and 1 3/4 inches tall.)

2. Using the clippers, cut twigs on the diagonal, creating pointed ends (a parent's job). Insert the twigs at an angle into the nest's outer wall as shown, working your way around the nest's circumference.

3. Line the nest with the yarn or straw and press other nest-building materials into the clay where desired. Let it dry overnight.