Hands-on activities are the best way to help your preschoolers and early primary kids to learn. This simple set up of a birds nest with FREE printable maths cards is great for supporting your children of all abilities as they work on counting out objects, counting on and back, and progress to addition and subtraction. Set this maths activity up for spring to return to time and time again and before long you’ll be moving onto the next concepts in this set up. So here it is our simple Bird Nest Spring Math Activity for Kids.

Quick and easy to set up maths activity for EYFS and review of single-digit addition and subtraction for older with this spring themed birds nest activity. Linked with Are you, my Mother? as a fun read-aloud for bird-themed activities.

Materials Needed for this Birds Nest Math Centre Activity

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Bird Nest Decoration

Set of coloured eggs for decoration

Chenille Chicks

Set of Number Cards – you can download our number cards when you join our Weekly Activities News Letter for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Setting up your Birds Nest Maths Activity

  1. Cut out your number cards.
  2. Laminate them – you will find them useful for so many activities even once your children start school. (Print out 3 sets and you will then have sets for using with place number activities as well)

More Hands-On Maths Activities for Kids from Toddlers upwards.

Counting with Toddlers and Preschoolers

  1. Fill your nest up with the number of eggs you are working counting up to with your toddlers and preschoolers.Quick and easy to set up maths activity for EYFS and review of single-digit addition and subtraction for older with this spring themed birds nest activity. Linked with Are you, my Mother? as a fun read-aloud for bird-themed activities.
  2. Now switch out the eggs with the chicks.
  3. Ask how many eggs are left in the nest – how many chicks are in the nest.Quick and easy to set up maths activity for EYFS and review of single-digit addition and subtraction for older with this spring themed birds nest activity. Linked with Are you, my Mother? as a fun read-aloud for bird-themed activities.
  4. Find the matching numbers and place this beside the nest for your toddler and preschooler to start to see the numbers connect with the verbal number.Quick and easy to set up maths activity for EYFS and review of single-digit addition and subtraction for older with this spring themed birds nest activity. Linked with Are you, my Mother? as a fun read-aloud for bird-themed activities.
  5. Change the number of eggs and work on challenging your child or easier to gain them a little more confidence.

Try making edible nests and making the hatching of the eggs edible for some Edible Maths Fun

Addition and Subtraction

Quick and easy to set up maths activity for EYFS and review of single-digit addition and subtraction for older with this spring themed birds nest activity. Linked with Are you, my Mother? as a fun read-aloud for bird-themed activities.

Using the same method as with counting move forward and use questions first and then formal mathematical terms.

You could start off with – I have 10 eggs and 2 hatches how many eggs are left. Or I have 10 eggs some hatched and there are 8 left in the nest how many chicks are there?

Then get into the nest and count out the eggs and the chicks.

Quick and easy to set up maths activity for EYFS and review of single-digit addition and subtraction for older with this spring themed birds nest activity. Linked with Are you, my Mother? as a fun read-aloud for bird-themed activities.

Use the number cards with the mathematical operators to write simple number sentences.

More Spring Maths Activities for Kids

Hands-on spring activity for learning number bonds to 10. Download and print out these egg and chick hatching puzzle cards and learn, review and revise number bonds with this fun activity for maths.
Easter-themed printable hundred chart game for practising addition and subtraction with 1, 2's and 5's. Download and print the chart and use our reusable die instructions to create a simple multi-player maths game to race to 100.
Quick and easy to create Easter or spring themed mathematics game for toddlers and preschoolers. Start with counting with 1 to 1 correspondence and then develop the activity for addition and subtraction.

Hatching Egg Number Bonds

Race to 100 Chick Game

Egg and Chicks Maths Game

More Bird Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Check out these other ideas for Bird Themed Activities for your Toddlers and Preschoolers

Build a Bird Nest Box and observe them nesting throughout the spring

Birds Nest Letter Matching Activity – from Preschool Powol Packets

Bird Prewriting Activity – From Mama Smiles

Are you my Mother Screen Free Coding Activity – Inspiration Laboratories

Are you my mother bird shape craft – J Daniel 4’s Mom

B is for Bird Craft

Chocolate Nest Snacks

Suet Balls to feed to the birds

Make a little Robin yourself for your Nature Table

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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