Kids’ crafts: How to Make Environmentally Friendly Birdfeeders

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Claire and Heidi are really in love with the birds we have living in our garden. We’ve hung a beautiful Bakuli Blue bird feeder in the tree just outside the window in our dining room, and the girls love watching the birds eat their breakfast, as we eat ours! One of Claire’s bedtime stories is about a boy who hangs a bird feeder outside his bedroom window, and she’s been asking if she can have one of her own. So I thought it would be fun to make an easy, homemade bird feeder of her own!

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This homemade bird feeder is about as simple as it gets. All we needed was an empty toilet paper roll, some peanut butter, some bird seed, and some yarn or string. Claire loves to help in the kitchen, so this project was perfect for her! I remember making these bird feeders when I was a Girl Scout, so it was also fun for me! 🙂

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First, Claire spread a very thick layer of peanut butter all over the roll. (She also took a few cheeky tastes, because Claire loves peanut butter as much as birds do!) She rolled it around in the seed, pressing the seeds into the peanut butter layer. Heidi even got in on the fun!

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Once the rolls were made, we just strung a length of yarn through the roll and hung it on a hook I put outside Claire’s window. You could just as easily stick the roll on a branch!

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It took the birds some time to decide the roll was safe to approach, but once they did, the peanut butter and birdseed were very popular! (Impossible to catch them on camera, because the bird feeder is so close to the window, I kept scaring them off!) Claire loves watching the birds outside her window, just like the boy in her story book…

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This was a really fun way to get our kids to get to know which birds are living in our garden! We’ve got bronze manikin, firefinches, streaky seed eaters, and robin chats checking out our feeders. What birds do you have in your garden?

PS – We’re off to the beach to celebrate American Thanksgiving! If you celebrate, have a happy one! See you all next week! XX

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