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I don’t know about your kids, but my girls are fascinated by birds. They love asking questions about birds. What do they eat? How far can they fly? Where do they live? And most often, “Can I feed them?” Since my girls aren’t Disney princesses able to summon a flock of birds with a song, we make DIY bird feeders.
DIY bird feeders are perfect for children. Not only are no Disney powers required, they get to play in peanut butter! Who doesn’t love that?
I remember making DIY bird feeders when I was a kid. Now I get to watch my girls make them. I love watching their little hands roll pine cones in peanut butter and bird seed. Watching them hang the feeders is a comedy of errors because they insist on doing it themselves.
DIY Bird Feeders
- Plastic plates
- Serving dish
- Pine cones
- Peanut butter
- Bird seed
- Cut at least 12 inches of ribbon.
- Tie the ribbon around one end of the pine cones.
- Pour some bird seed into a serving dish.
- Place a heaping glob of peanut butter on each child’s plate.
- Have the child roll the pine cone in the peanut butter until the pine cone is well coated.
- Then roll the pine cone in the bird seed.
- Finally, hang your pine cone on a branch.
This project is fun for the whole family but can be messy. If you can, set up a table or bench outside to make these DIY bird feeders at so that any spills will be easily cleaned up. If you have to make your DIY bird feeders inside, I recommend laying down some newspaper, plastic table cloth, or parchment paper to keep your table relatively clean. 🙂
While the girls made these for the birds they quickly learned that the squirrels were eating them too. At first, they were mad and said things like, “Hey squirrel that not yours!” or “Don’t eat the bird’s food.” But once they saw a squirrel hanging upside down to eat the bird seed they decided it was okay because the squirrel was so funny! Now they call the pine cone feeder squirrel feeders!
DIY bird feeders are a fun project to add to your bird study or nature study for homeschool.
I’m sure you made these as a kid, so try them out with your kids! Do your kids enjoy making DIY bird feeders or squirrel feeders?
Have a blessed day!
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