Birdhouse Kits for Children to Build

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Birdhouse Kits for Children to Build
A home for a bird can be easy and fun to make with kids. (bird house image by Dubravko Grakalic from Fotolia.com)

It is never too early to teach children about the small, feathered friends that inhabit our surroundings. There is a wide variety of birdhouse kits available, and most are suitable for children to have a hand in the project. A birdhouse kit will instil in your children a sense of accomplishment and empathy for some of our more vulnerable neighbours.

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Chickadee Roosting Boxes

Chickadee roosting box kits are easy to assemble. Most kits come pre-cut in solid cedar and are appropriate for anyone able to use a screwdriver. The finished product provides warm shelter for chickadees and nuthatches. Often a hardwood perch on the inside is included. All parts are routed and sanded. Holes are pre-drilled. Instructions are included.

Window-Mount Bird Home Kits

Generally handcrafted by avian experts, the window-mount kit lets children watch small birds build their nests and raise a family. An acrylic observation window is attached with suction cups to the window. Through this, viewing of the inner workings of the nest are possible. Kits are easily assembled by children 8 years old and up. Kits are available with all significant parts and instructions. Finishing of wood is not required.

Green Bird Homes

Even birds can live the green life. Biodegradable birdhouses are meant to last only one nesting season. They provide a safe habitat for wrens, titmice, and nuthatches. When the season is over, the birdhouse can be composted. Kits are easily assembled. Included is a die-cut paperboard made of recycled paper, a hanging strap and instructions.

Bluebird Home Kits

Bluebird houses are ideal for bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds such as chickadees and nuthatches. Designed for easy cleaning and proper ventilation, these kits often come with predator guards to discourage other animals from attacking the nest. Kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled and include screws, nails, closure latch, sandpaper and assembly plans. A hammer and Phillips head screwdriver might be necessary for assembly.

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