Bird feeding crafts are a great way to introduce kids to nature. Encourage them to look for local bird species and help them name the birds they see. Bird feeder crafts teach kids about the importance of the environment and ecosystems. They also remind children to replenish the earth and respect animals.
Gather pinecones from your backyard or a local park. If you don't have access to a wooded area, purchase pinecones at a craft store but make sure they haven't been treated with chemicals. Tie a string around the top of the pinecone and cover it with a generous layer of peanut butter. Roll the covered pinecone in bird seed. Look for fine birdseed with small seeds that will adhere to the peanut butter. Hang the pinecones in a tree.
Give your breakfast leftovers to the birds. Use stale cereal and end pieces of bread to make a bird feeder. Thread a length of string with cereal loops. The healthiest cereal for birds is free of sugar and dyes. Poke holes in the middle of the bread pieces and thread them onto the string. Space the bread out between several cereal pieces. Tie the ends of the string together to make a loop and then hang the finished feeder on a tree branch.
The popcorn and cranberry garlands that decorate many Christmas trees can also be used as bird feeders. Thread butter-free popcorn and cranberries or other festive fruit pieces onto string. Hang the garlands on trees in your yard just as you would hang Christmas lights. These garlands will feed the birds throughout December and also double as Christmas decorations. Because these garlands look rustic and natural, pair them with white lights and greenery to complete the festive theme.
This feeder works best with a round fruit that has a sturdy rind. Oranges and grapefruit are the easiest fruits to use, but this feeder could also be created with melons or kiwifruit. Take the fruit and cut it in half. Scoop out the flesh and eat it or set it aside for baking. The hollow fruit half will now resemble a cup. Fill this cup with birdseed or use bird-friendly foods, like nuts or oats. Place the finished cups on a windowsill where you'll have a good view of feeding birds.
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