Our nursery is very transient, so it’s hard to keep things consistent and under control. This is a poster I use to encourage participation and to get everyone to get on the mat for singing time (it’s staying on the mat the whole time that can be a problem). The goal is to get each songbird from the ground up into the tree. I use removable sticky tack because the kids can put the birds wherever they like in the tree, but I may have to replace it at some point. You could also use velcro and have permanent spots where birds go. I wrote each song title on one of the songbirds because we keep them pretty consistent. Consistency is really important with kids this age. But I left a couple of the birds blank so I can write on them with my trusty transparency marker when we learn new songs. I pick a song to sing and hold the bird that goes with that song while we sing it. I choose one child who is behaving appropriately for singing time and trying to participate (even if that just means listening quietly or only doing the actions) to come and put the bird in the tree. Sometimes I give out stickers to each child that gets to move a bird and then at the end I give one to everyone else.
Here’s what you need to make a poster for yourself:
I used an outline for the trunk which I cut out of brown construction paper. I freehand cut the leaves because they’re so simple, but I included an outline for them as well in case you’re not feeling artistic. I cut green leaves to use for spring and summer, red and orange to use in the fall and I will probably just leave the tree bare in the winter, but I included a snowflake template to use instead of leaves for all of you that don’t live in beautiful Florida.