Building a bird feeder can be a fun and easy activity for any afternoon and, it is a great opportunity to recycle left overs. This activity is great for children of any age; it creates a learning opportunity as well as a chance to practice motor skills.
After building the feeder, by placing it on branches within clear view of a window, it serves as a great opportunity to get in some bird watching together as a family!
To assemble a bagel bird feeder, you will need the following items:
- Whole bagel (stale ones work especially well)
- Creamy peanut butter
- Bird seed (you can use any kind but I recommend using a seed mix without corn)
- String or twine
- A plate
- A knife
Step 1: Cut a length of string and tie it in a circle by looping it through the center bagel hole. The length of the string needed will depend on where you plan to hang the feeder.
Step 2: (Depending on the age of your child, it may be a good idea for you to complete this step.) Next, using your knife, spread a thick layer of peanut butter on each side of the bagel while holding it on the sides.
Step 3: Then, pour enough bird seed on the plate to cover it with a layer about 1/2-inch thick. After that, place your peanut covered bagel face down in the bird seed. Once it is covered, flip and repeat on the other side. After both sides are coated in seeds, gently shake the bagel by the string to release any excess over the plate.
Step 4: Find a good branch outside to hang your feeder and enjoy watching the birds!
Disclaimer: This type of bird feeder is not good for families with peanut allergies.
For a bird feeder that is safe for families with allergies, read How to Build an Orange Bird Feeder