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Orange Bird Feeder Hollow out an orange and fill with the seeds to feed your feathered friends. Apple Bird Feeder Ice Ornament Feeder Snow Sculpture Bird Feeder Ice Bowl Bird Feeder Pine Cone Bird Feeder This unique winter bird feeder is another one that you create using materials you may already have around the house. Take a picture of you with your winter bird feeder and post it to your social media sites with the hashtag #birdfeeders
GOAL: Develop appreciation for, and build a connection with nature.
THE ADVENTURE: Build a DIY bird feeder to hang outside your window.
Seed and supplies for the bird feeder
Spend time with the kids watching the birds at the bird feeder and talk about how it helps the birds during the cold winter months
Now that they have fed the birds, fix them their favorite meal or treat!
Let them choose a favorite treat for themselves while grocery shopping
In winter, food and water become scarce for many species of birds. Bird feeders not only provide essential nourishment for winter birds, but provide people with free entertainment (and therapy!). It also provides families with a GREAT opportunity to spend quality time together doing something meaningful and positive.
There is a huge connection between children and nature. Children that learn to respect it will do so for life and look after and nurture friends and animals alike. Feeding birds teaches children empathy skills, care, and respect for wildlife. Additionally, it instills a sense of wonder and amazement of the natural world. Imagine teaching your child how sitting by a warm window to watch the birds feast can calm down their upset feelings, reduce stress, or help them to work out confusing thoughts! What a positive, powerful coping skill!
Take time to treat your feathered friends to extra winter treats—using winter elements! Kids will have a great time putting them together! What’s more, you can also encourage kids to mimic the birds and eat the seeds too. Packed full of nutrition for birds and kids alike.
CHECK OUT THESE IDEAS FOR EASY DIY BIRD FEEDERS
Milk Jug Bird Feeder
Craft Stick Bird Feeder
Soup Ladle Bird Feeder
Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
Of course, feel free to use another idea or DIY recipe you come across.
For little ones choose a simple bird feeder to build. Help them as needed, but let them be involved.
Community Engagement Adventure
Ready to make your community a haven for birds? This project will give you a great chance for you and your friends to do some simple research.
Organize a group of friends in the neighborhood to create a variety of different bird feeders to place around the neighborhood. Look through the different options and have each person participating choose a different bird feeder to make.
You can do it for fun or do it as research. Here are some things you might want to observe:
Create your hypothesis:
Look through the different 'bird food' recipes. Which do you think will be best for the birds? Why do you think some of the ingredients were included?
Which bird seed do you think . . . the birds will like the most? will last the longest? will be best for the bird?
Which bird feeder do you think will be . . . the easiest to make? the most effective? last the longest?
Now that everyone has had a chance to create a hypothesis, it's time to see what actually happens:
Which bird feeder do the birds seem to prefer?
Which bird feeder was easiest to make? most fun? most difficult?
Which bird feeder lasts the longest?
Let teens do the required research and share with the rest of the family
by Feed the Birds
Orange Bird Feeder
Hollow out an orange and fill with the seeds to feed your feathered friends.
Apple Bird Feeder
Ice Ornament Feeder
Snow Sculpture Bird Feeder
Ice Bowl Bird Feeder
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
This unique winter bird feeder is another one that you create using materials you may already have around the house.
Take a picture of you with your winter bird feeder and post it to your social media sites with the hashtag #birdfeeders