Backyards really come alive in the summer, with birds and other wildlife. Birdfeeders are a way to attract winged friends and teach kids about nature at the same time. They are also functional and encourage a mentality of conservation. A birdfeeder provides a venue for them to feast on the insects, worms, snails and spiders in your area. This means you can rely less on toxic insecticides or other harmful chemicals. Birds also are a boon to flower pollination, so adding a backyard bird feeder can result in a more robust flowerbed.
Beyond the practicality, making a birdfeeder is fun and can be an age-appropriate activity that encourages the development of fine motor skills. There are plenty of simple designs that are easy for kids to make with little mess, from a pine cone bird feeder to a toilet paper roll bird feeder. And the best part? Most of these feeders use materials found in your home or after a quick trip to the grocery store.
We’ve broken it down for you, into easy steps. First, read through the directions with your child to encourage reading and comprehension skills. Then lay out newspaper to protect your table and place the supplies on top. (Or take the craft outside and you won’t have to worry about a mess.)
Following are a few easy recipes inspired by a few kid-friendly websites:
One of the most common bird feeders for kids to make, the pine cone bird feeder is also one of the easiest.
Don’t forget to take photos of your creations to preserve the memories for years to come. And if you’re looking for a more hands-on activity, try growing your own food! You may discover you have a budding green thumb in your house.
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