Kids love watching animals and birds in their natural habitat. It will prove as a treat for them, if you can get some birds in your backyard. Your kids will enjoy watching them, and this will help them to develop an interest in nature. Bird watching is an interesting activity for people, irrespective of their age.
You can teach your kids about their responsibility towards mother nature by helping in feeding your feathered neighbors. Making bird feeders on their own will be an exciting experience for them.
It can be a craft activity to be taken on a Sunday, when they have finished with their homework. You will get a chance to spend time together with them, thus helping in family bonding. Kids will love to make them on their own, which will also enhance their creative skills. Plus, they will enjoy seeing their garden being decorated by their own efforts.
Building them can prove to be beneficial in making your kids aware of the nature around. These are few things that your child will learn through this activity:
- Different Species of Birds
- Their Social Behavior
- Feeding Habits
A bird feeder can be made out of simple things available at your home. You can even use dried flowers and twigs found in your garden. Colored bird feathers can also be used to make it look attractive. Keep it simple so that kids find it easy to make it. Here are some examples, which will help you make one on your own.
The simplest one to begin with is the orange feeder. The kids will find it very easy to go about it, and they can decorate it however they like.
- An Old Dry Orange
- A Spoon
- A Pen
- A Plastic String
- Pine Cone
- Peanut Butter
- Bird Seeds
- Bird Feed
- An Empty Milk Or Juice Carton
- Safety Scissors
Take an empty milk or juice carton. Wash the carton and dry it properly. Then make an opening in it using a pair of safety scissors. Leave a fill space of about 3 inches at the bottom. The opening should be medium in size.
Then make holes with a pen, and put a string through it so that it can be hanged. You can also paint the carton from outside with bright and attractive colors, and make decorative patterns on it.
You can also think of many more alternatives. Let the kids explore and find their own ways to make some. Now, these feeders won't last for a very long time. But, as they are very simple to make, your kids can replace them with new ones whenever they want.