Making a birdfeeder is a wonderful crafts project to keep kids busy for an entire afternoon during winter break. What’s more, though, helping the little feathered friends through chilly winter weather is a rewarding experience for the whole family.
Turn this activity into a learning experience by asking your kids to find out what species of birds live in your backyard in the winter, depending on where in the country you live. They can research online or you can go to the library together to look at bird books. Here comes the fun part: Kids can eat like a bird – literally. Have them make a list of foods local birds eat in their natural habitats. Then think of snacks you can make together from those ingredients to eat while you are building the bird feeder. Finches, for example, eat lots of different seeds, fruit and vegetables (except avocados, which are toxic for birds). Hit the bulk section at a natural grocery store, have the kids pick out a few different types of seeds and create your own trail mix. If you are planning on feeding the birds the same seeds, choose unsalted seeds. As an alternative, you can use premixed birdseeds for the bird feeder.
3 easy birdfeeders kids can build with a little help from a parent
Pinecone bird feeder (super easy)
I love how easy to make and practical this pinecone feeder is. No complicated tools needed. All you need is a few large, open pinecones, suet and a few different seeds and possibly oatmeal.
Plastic bottle and wooden spoons bird feeder
How cool is this bird feeder made from an empty 1-liter soda bottle and two wooden cooking spoons! And what a fantastic excuse to finally recycle those old spoons with burn marks and pick up a new pair for yourself.
Birdhouse or bird feeder from milk carton
Who would have thought you can make a birdhouse or feeder from a milk carton? You kids can even paint and decorate the carton with sparkling gem stones, fabric strips, strings of beads… there is no limit to their creativity.
IMPORTANT: Before you get started, read more tips on feeding wild birds in winter, e.g. where to place the feeder, etc.