Project That Benefits You And The Birds
One wonderful activity that you and your kids can do together is to build your own bird feeders. It’s quite easy and can be a great project. It’s totally up to you, you can start from scratch or you can invest in a kit that will allow you to build your house, but with the basics all there.
Simple bird feeders can be made from everyday household items such as an egg carton or milk jug. To make a feeder from egg cartons all you need to do is cut the lid off of the egg carton. All you have to do is fill each little section with food, the birds will just love that. Once you’ve done that, just put holes in the corners of the egg cartons and attach strings to each corner than tie the strings together in the middle and hang the feeder from a tree.
There are many other easy to use household items that can will work too, here are a few other ideas:
Using a milk carton is a similar concept, just cut the carton open, leaving a bottom « trough » to put the food in, then tie a string around the handle so you can hang the feeder from the tree. Using two liter bottles also works very well. Either option will provide the birds with some tasty snacks and provide you and your family with a fun activity.
If you are looking for something a little fancier and / or your kids are a little older, finding a pre fabricated kit can allow you to build a bird feeder that will look very nice hanging in your backyard.
These kits are readily available from hardware stores, crafting stores or even online. There are several sizes and intricacies for you to choose from. Once you’ve picked out and built your kit you can then paint and decorate it any way you choose.
Identifying the species of birds in your area will help you pick out the best feed to provide to your birds. Some species can be a little picky so it’s nice to focus in on the types of birds natural to where you live.
Just go down to your local farm center or lawn and garden center, they can let you know what types of seed will work the best for the species of birds in your area.
You don’t have to get fancy to have a lot of fun feeding the birds in your backyard. Both you and your kids can spend some great, fun times together and also learn a little bit more about nature along the way, what could be better than that?
There are many fun projects you can do with your kids. Now that spring is here, it is time to think about helping our feathery friends. You can Find some plans for pre fabricated bird feeders or you can just do it yourself with some simple household supplies, either way you and your children can have a lot of fun and even provide some nice decorations for your backyard.