Crafts For Kids: Homemade Bird Feeders
There is nothing more enjoyable than eating breakfast and watching birds
flutter and dance outside the kitchen window on a snowy morning.
Unfortunately, while children often wonder at the birds and wish to take
part in helping to feed them, there is rarely anything a child can do to
help. Here are a couple of suggestions to help them get involved and to let
them make their own special bird feeders.
Most children hate eating crusts of bread, but birds love them. Next time,
rather than tossing the crust, hand them over to your child with a pencil or
straw and have them poke a hole through the slices, about 1 inch from the
top. If they wish, food coloring can be used to lightly dab some color on
their bread slices, letting them make special designs for their bird
friends. The bread should then be left to sit on the counter overnight so
that it will dry out. The next day, thread a piece of yarn through them,
hang the bread from the branches of a nearby tree and watch feathered
friends flock to their new bird feeders.(article continued below)
With a string of yarn, a straw, and some Cheerios, even small children can
help create these fun bird feeders. Take the yarn (about 24 inches works
well) and tie it around the middle of the straw. This will provide a base,
allowing your child to thread the yarn through the cereal, not only making
an effective bird feeder, but helping develop motor skills. When they have
threaded the cereal up to the top, carefully hold the top of the string and
then untie the bottom from the straw. Knot the two of these ends together,
forming a circlet of cereal, which can be hung outside as a great bird
snack. This can also be done using different colored fruit cereals, helping
your child with repetitive pattern exercises.
Letting your child become more involved in tasks like this, not only helps
them learn but gives them a sense of responsibility as well. Have them keep
track of how long it takes for their homemade bird feeders, so they know
when it will be time to make more. Have them make charts or draw pictures
of what kinds of birds come to their feeders and let them look through
books, to identify who their new feathered friends are. Not only will the
birds thank you, but your kids will have a great time too.
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