Easy Bird Feeders for Kids

Written by erin ringwald
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Easy Bird Feeders for Kids
Let kids help decorate milk carton bird feeders. (kids paint craft image by Christopher Hill from Fotolia.com)

Whether you're looking for an easy craft for your children on a rainy Saturday or a way to teach children in your classroom about birds, making a bird feeder could be the perfect project. Easy bird feeder crafts allow children of all ages to learn about birds and require very few supplies.

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Milk Cartons

Milk cartons make good bird feeders after they are thoroughly cleaned. Punch a hole through either side of the carton about an inch from the bottom edge. Insert a twig or a dowel rod through the holes to act as a perch. Cut a two-inch hole in the side of the carton an inch above the perch. Let the kids decorate the carton as desired, using non-toxic paints or gluing on leaves and twigs. Punch a hole through the top of the carton and insert twine to make a hanger.Add birdseed before hanging it from a tree.

Cutouts

Kids can turn wooden cutouts found at your local craft store into bird feeders. Choose different shapes and sizes of cutouts and poke a small hole in the top of each one. Feed a piece of twine through the hole and tie the ends together to make a hanger. Then cover the cutout in peanut butter. Finish the feeder by rolling it in birdseed. After the birds eat the seed and peanut butter, clean the cutouts with soap and water and cover them again. Alternatively, cut out pieces of stale bread with cookie cutters. Make a hole in the top of each piece to put the twine through and then cover the bread with the seed and peanut butter mixture for a fully edible feeder.

Pinecones

Use pinecones found in your yard for easy-to-make bird feeders. Tie some string around the top third of the pinecone for a hanger. Then, similar to cutout bird feeders, coat the outside of the pinecone with peanut butter. Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then press dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries, into the pinecone's crevices.

Lard Shapes

Add 1 cup of chunky peanut butter and 1 cup of lard to a pan. Heat to melt and stir until the lard and peanut butter are combined. Stir in 2 cups of cornmeal, 2 cups of quick cooking oats, 1 cup of white flour and 1/3 cup of sugar. Pour the mixture into individual moulds; you could also pour it into a square pan. Once cooled, remove the shapes from the moulds or cut the mixture in the pan into square shapes. Allow the children to thread string through the tops of the shapes and hang them from a tree. Store any extra shapes in the freezer for future use.

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