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Nest Science

During our study of the letter q we talked a little bit about birds because a quail is a bird.
Along with looking at pictures of birds, talking about their colors, and making bird feeders we did an experiment.
What type of bird nest is the best? 
A flat nest or a round nest?

To discover the answer to this question the boys pretended to be trees.  Their arms were the branches.  I didn't have any hard boiled eggs so we used jumbo marshmallows for eggs.

Before putting the 'eggs' in the nests I asked the boys which they thought was a better nest. 
They both answered the round nest. 

I put an 'egg' in each nest.   Both 'eggs' stayed.  I asked the boys again which nest was better.  Their answer was the same.  

Then the wind blew and the branches shook...

And the 'egg' fell right off the flat nest.

This confirmed the hypothesis.  The boys were correct.  A round nest protects the eggs better.  
Although the boys were not done experimenting, they wanted to know what they had to do to get the egg out of the round nest. 
So they swayed their branches and eventually just tipped over the round nest to get the egg out. 
 They threw the eggs around a bunch after we were finished with the initial experiment.  They threw them in the are and at each other.  They had a great time while learning science! 


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