DIY Summer Bird Feeders
Here BIRDIE, birdie!
Spring is here and time to get out and enjoy the season as friends and family.
I have simple binoculars the kids can make out of toilet paper rolls to go bird watching.
Also EASY and FUN bird feeders to bring the feathered friends to your yard that the kids can make as a family activity, or craft time. You’ll love how easy they come together. Then watch all the different kinds of birds that come to eat.
While making the bird feeders and binoculars take the opportunity to teach about the different types of birds that are in your area. You could look at the library, or pictures on the internet to show pictures, flight patterns to older kids and really have some FUN!
Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder
- Pipe Cleaner
- Ribbon, yarn or string
Directions: Have children thread cheerios onto pipe cleaner, leaving room to twist ends together to form a circle. Repeat, except loop through other circle before twisting ends, forming a link.
Do as many links as desired. Tie a ribbon, yarn or string onto an end loop and hang.
Bagel Bird Feeder
( from: The National Audubon Society)
Materials: • stale bagels • peanut butter • bird seed • string or yarn
Tie yarn or string around the bagel.
Slather stale bagel with peanut butter.
Roll in birdseed.
Hang from a tree.
TIPS: • Place your bird feeders in places that aren’t too windy, have good cover nearby, and minimize other hazards.
Fill your bird feeders with the amount of food that can be eaten in 2-3 days.
Keep your feeders and feeding area clean by raking up spilled seed under them and wiping off permanent feeders.
Provide water at your feeding area. Place a clay saucer that’s at least 24 inches on a low stump or on the ground, and fill it with about 1 1/2 inches of water.
Refill it every few days.
Bird Watching Binoculars
Gather up some empty toilet paper rolls, or cut paper towel rolls into segments.
Glue rolls together.
2- tie with string
3- paint or use stickers
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