Exploring more or less in a bird nest

Today we read the wonderful book called “More” by I. C. Springman and Brian Lies. This book is about a bird who keeps adding more things to the nest until the nest gets too heavy and the branch holding the nest starts to break. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and simple words such as “more, less, fewer” and so on…

From exploring birds and nests to a wide range of math concepts, the possible ways to extend this book into other parts of the classroom content is just endless. I just love a book like this!

After reading the book, we talked about things you might find in a real bird’s nest by taking a close look at the parts of a bird nest in a nature bottle, which I shared with you in a previous post…

As we passed around our parts of a bird nest nature bottles, we wondered if the items inside each bottle could be found in a real bird’s nest. You can read more about how we made our “parts of a bird nest nature bottles” by clicking here

And then we played a simple game of “more or less” using some of our math tokens the children had brought in to share earlier that day. We started off with a simple paper plate bird nest and then the children would tell me to add more or less to the nest…

Each time the children would shout “more” – my little bird friend and I would add something else to the nest and if the children shouted “less” – I would remove something from the nest…

We kept adding more or less to our nest until the children shouted, “enough!”

And then each child went off to create their own paper plate bird nest where they could add more or less of their own items until they felt like their bird nests had “enough”…

We used a lot of glue on these paper plate bird nests to hold all the math tokens in place. Once the nests dry, we will review our  book again and compare our paper plate nests and review the simple concepts shared in this book by looking for which nests have more or less or fewer or too many and so on…

And we will also use them to play a simple bird nest eye spy game…

As I mentioned before, a book like this can lead to endless types of learning and activities throughout the classroom…


We played our Eye Spy game and the children loved finding things on their own nests…

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This book was just published in March of 2012!

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By |2017-07-11T15:34:52+00:00April 28th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. School Sparks Renee April 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I’ll have to look for that book. Your idea for creating a nest on a paper plate is adorable. Thanks for sharing this, Deborah. Have a great weekend, Renee

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 6, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Hi Renee,
      Thanks for stopping by. I was finally able to add a photo of our birdnest Eye Spy game. It took a while for the glue to dry:)

  2. maryanne @ mama smiles April 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I love those paper plate nests! Need to try that with our little science play group (once school is out and we start meeting up again this summer!)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      You all will most likely doing lots of amazing things this summer! Can’t wait to see what they are!

  3. Amber May 4, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I love that idea of the group nest…”more!” “less!” I could see this being a hit with younger preschoolers and toddlers especially. An awesome lead into creating their own nest. That book looks great. I was wondering why I hadn’t seen it before…but March 2012…well, that’s why. Going to check it out for sure. Another great post…thanks for the time you put into it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 6, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Yes, it is a new book and we just loved it. We played eye – spy with the nests once the glue all dried and I added a photo to the post. Super fun game.

  4. Brian Lies May 6, 2012 at 6:48 am - Reply

    This looks like a great activity–kids get to think about “more” and “less,” and also get to keep their own nest, reinforcing the concepts.

    One of the fun things about making a book is seeing how people use it in the real world, beyond just reading it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 6, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Hi Brian,
      Thank you for taking the time to read the post and to stop by and leave me a comment. What a treat to hear from you! Your artwork in this book is just wonderful and the words and illustrations gave us so many ways to expand on this book – especially through our math program. My very best to you and the success of your book! We love it and I have added it to my list of books to read each year in my class.

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