Birds birds birds – don’t you love the sound of birds. We wake up to the melody of songbirds during Spring through Fall…occasionally you’ll hear some in winter but not so much. Our yard has some flowers that attract birds to our little daycare. Most summers we have lessons on birds and we decided to make another bird feeder. Last year we made one from baby formula cans. This time we are making from plastic bottles.
Gather your soda or water bottles and let’s begin.
Some dirty some clean – just rinse them and begin. In my experience when cutting plastic it’s better to work with a hot sharp object, so I decided to use a hot knife. Find a knife that you don’t need anymore – that one you will not miss because after using, you will need to toss it. Make holes for feeding and standing.
Get children ready for some fun. You can have them get some small tree branches or whatever you decide to be the stand for the birds. I got some pieces of sticks from the evergreen in the backyard.
My intent was to have children mirror the metal bird feeder I got from Aldi 2 years ago. This project will have children using their fine motor skills to string the bottle, attach and glue the stands. With supervision, I allowed the older children to hot glue theirs.
Aren’t these beautiful? Now all you have to do is fill with bird food and hang.
Each child got one to take home and my two kids hung theirs with pride.
The expense of this was getting the bird food. I had the bottles, twine and glue gun but the food cost me $9 plus tax. During that trip to Home Depot, I scored on some garden fairy kit – I got them for one penny each. I could not believe it. I got five, then went back to get more the same morning but, they pulled them from the shelf of course. It was too good to last all day after they realized the folly. We will be making some fairy garden this summer until then these will be their main attraction.
Do something special with your children today ….etch one more activity to their memory.