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  DESCRIPTION     Build a bird's nest from a crumpled lunch bag with leaves glued on  
  DETAILS     Off we went into the yard with our gathering bags to find material for our bird's nest. We found leaves, pine cones, dried grasses, flowers and pods of various sorts. This part of the project turned out to be the most fun, especially the night we collected with flashlights.  I had to protect my garden from their enthusiasm.  We came inside with our booty and crumpled brown paper lunch bags to make a nest. We opened up the bag and gently pulled the bottom toward the top, then crumpled the sides to make a round of sorts.  It's okay if you rip the bag a bit, just glue a leaf over it.  We then emptied our gathering bags so we could choose what we wanted to use. A messy business. Next we heated up the glue gun, dropped a spot of glue on the bag and affixed a leaf, continuing until the bag was covered to our satisfaction.  On the inside we tucked in grasses. Almost impossible not to get hot glue on tender fingers. Keep a jar of cold water handy for cooling off offended fingers and any tears that might be forthcoming.  You could also have little decorative birds on hand to sit in the nest and maybe some egg shaped candies.  Those birds might be found in a craft store or at Christmas time as ornaments.  
  AGE RANGE     Pre-school to 12  
  GENDER     All  
  MATERIALS NEEDED     Brown paper lunch bags. Glue gun, leaves, flowers, grasses. Optional: birds and eggs.  
  SKILLS NEEDED     Manual dexterity  
  TIME TO PREPARE (Minutes)     10  
  TIME TO MAKE (minutes)     60  
  MY RATING (1-10)     8                                                                                          Rating Formula   
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  NAME     Suzy Smith  
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