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Alphabet Letter N Nest Theme
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Alphabet
> Letter N > N is for Nest

Animals > BirdsEggs > Nest theme 

Crafts > DLTK's
* Nest Craft
* Birds and Nest Mobile

Holidays and Events >
Jan. 5th > National Bird Day
May 4th >
Bird Day
May (2nd Saturday) >
Int'l Migratory Birds Day

Homes - Houses

Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Alphabet > Nest

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Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter N is for Nest.  This activity is ideal within a birds, eggs theme or homes theme.

1. Animals > Birds > Nest
A nest is a structure used by a bird to lay eggs and rear young.  Nests are built in trees and other protected places using materials such as twigs and mud.  Sea turtles make nests in the sand on ocean beaches.  View this gallery of nests and click on an image to enlarge it.

2. Alphabet Activity > Letter N is for Nest

Present the letter N nest six-piece online jigsaw puzzle to practice problem solving and view letter N in upper and lower case.  Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.

Present and display your option of letter N printable activities in the materials column.

Children Age 3 and under
:
* Print a letter N coloring page D'Nealian or Standard Block
.  Print this nest theme coloring page or select tropical bird that features a nest and print image behind the letter N page or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later.  Discuss other letter N words found on the worksheet.

* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter N's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.

Present the Letter N Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program.  Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book

Letter N words: 
This page and matching mini book can be used as part of Letter N program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related N words. 

Discuss other letter N words (long e sound) and images (refer to activity worksheet above):  First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with examples.  You can print letter N in a different bright color to make it stand out.  If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display letter N posters and coloring pages or make a letter N classroom book.  For related images visit:  Letter N Printable Materials .

*Finger and Pencil Tracing
  *Trace letter N's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on your worksheet.  Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil  and explain the direction of the arrows and numbers (on the upper right corner) that help them trace the letter correctly.  During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process. 

*Find the letter N's:  Have the children find all the letter N's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle them first.  Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter N's and then discuss the locations with the worksheet.

Letter N Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The word search game features a nest and letter N words with pictures and handwriting practice.


Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a nest behind the page or print a nest coloring page in the tropical birds section.

2.  Drawing and writing paper  Encourage children to draw and color a nest and write letter N n.  

3. Crafts > Nest Theme Printable Crafts at DLTK's
Craft Option #1 Nest craft (3+ with help)

Here is a an adorable printable craft of a nest, eggs and a bird.   Print your selection of color or coloring version and cut the template.  Children may want to decorate the nest with other materials birds would collect to make a nest:  twigs, grass, thread, yarn, etc.

Craft Option #1 Bird Mobile featuring a Nest (4+ with help)
This is a wonderful craft and decoration.  Read the instructions and educational ideas in the instructions.



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