To do: Ask your child to help fill your bird feeder with seed, or make your own DIY bird feeders.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Bird seed, apple, peanut butter
Part of taking care of your outdoor environment means taking care of the animals that live there too! Invite your child to help you get a bird feeder ready for all the winged visitors to your backyard.
If you have a bird feeder already, show your child what type of birdseed you need to have and how to fill the feeder with that seed.
If you don’t have a feeder and want to make an inexpensive DIY version, all you’ll need is an apple, some peanut butter and a little bird seed.
DIY Apple Bird Feeder
With the apple sitting on a cutting board, stem up, cut both the right and left sides of the apple off, leaving a 1 to 2 inch wide middle section. Cut a small hole in the center of the apple (where the seeds would be) so you can string a piece of twine through and hang it from a tree branch.
Next, let your child use a butter knife to slather some peanut butter all over the apple slice. Then, roll the apple + peanut butter in bird seed!
Hang your homemade bird feeder from a tree and see what happens. You might attract a few squirrels along the way! Speak about what animals you see by your feeder, and make a new one when your first apple is all gone.
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