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Bird Café

Make the bird feeder, then see who stops by!

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Bird Café

Give your kids a head start on a lifelong pleasure: teach them about birds. First, make a little bird feeder. Hang it from a nearby tree branch or your fire escape to tempt them closer. See who stops by. Then make a game of spotting and identifying birds on your lawn, on a city sidewalk, or soaring overhead. A healthy bird population means the environment is clean, and that’s something we can all appreciate.

What You'll Need:
  • Scissors
  • Shallow plastic container with lid
  • 2 sheets of 8½-inch-by-5½-inch craft foam
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • 3-foot-long piece of yarn
  • Birdseed
Before you begin: Cut the rim off the plastic container.

1. Cut a rectangular window in the middle of a sheet of craft foam.

2. Wrap the craft foam around the container. Tape the foam in place.

3. Wrap the top of the craft foam around the lid. Tape it in place.

4. Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of the foam, about 1 inch from the side. Repeat on the other side.

5. Put one end of the yarn through a hole and tie a knot. Repeat on the other side. Make a loop knot in the yarn about 6 inches from the top of the yarn.

6. Fold the other piece of craft foam in half to make the roof. Tape it to the bird feeder. Fill the plastic container with birdseed and hang it in a tree.

Extend the Fun

 

For younger kids: What color bird visits the most? Write red, brown, yellow, and gray at the top of a piece of paper. When you see a bird of a certain color visit your bird feeder, make a tally mark under that color. Add more colors if necessary; maybe an orange oriole or a purple martin will swoop in for a quick snack.

 

For older kids: Keep a bird book, pen, paper, and clipboard handy. Make daily notes on the types of birds that visit your bird café. As the seasons change, watch how the guest list varies.

Craft by Lisa Glover|Text by Mary Sears. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.
 

Who are your child’s favorite heroes at this moment?

Parents Talk Back
Who are your child’s favorite heroes at this moment?
Athletes
8% (4 votes)
Fictional characters
8% (4 votes)
Artists and musicians
12% (6 votes)
Cartoon and game figures
21% (11 votes)
Celebrities and entertainers
6% (3 votes)
Mom, Dad, or other relatives
46% (24 votes)
Newsmakers or politicians
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 52