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 an orange bird feeder, you will need the following items:
- Large orange
- Bird seed (you can use any kind but I recommend using a seed mix without corn)
- String or twine
- A knife
- A fork
- A spoon
Step 1: (Depending on the age of your child, it may be a good idea for you to complete this step.) First cut the orange in half along its equator, using a sharp knife.
Step 2: Using your spoon, carefully scoop the orange flesh out of the skin. You should end up with what looks like a cup.
Step 3: Use your fork to poke 2-4 holes opposite one another in the skin. Make sure that the holes are not too close to the edge of the orange skin, otherwise your string will break through.
Step 4: Next, cut a length of string. The length of the string needed will depend on where you plan to hang the feeder. If you choose to make 4 holes, then you will need 2 strings of equal length.
Step 5: Lace the string through the holes and tie a knot on each side.
Step 6: Pour bird seed to the top of the orange cup, being careful not to spill.
Step 7: Find a good branch outside to hang your feeder and enjoy watching the birds!