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Bird Feeders

Welcome to the Kids Korner- the place where we show you how to bring your little ones into the garden. Each month we bring you ideas on how to spend time with your children, how to embrace their creativity and enable you to spend quality time with them outdoors.

Our feathered friends are an important part of our ecosystem. They serve as natural pest control in our gardens and add colourful vibrance and beauty to our lives. Birds often enjoy the treats we humans give them, and in times of drought or extreme cold they benefit from being supplied with extra nutrients. This week we show you how to make two simple bird feeders, both which our avian friends will flock to with glee.lifestyle home garden bird feeder nursery plant shop diy gardening

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: EASY, BUT PARENTAL SUPERVISION ESSENTIAL

Bird feeder in a mug

You will need:

  • An old mug (or a beautiful teacup works too)
  • A twig for the bird to perch on
  • fine bird seed
  • suet, or if this is difficult to obtain, coconut oil
  • string or ribbon for hanging
  • cookie cutters in a variety of shapes (metal)
  • needle and thread

Method:

  1. Use one part coconut oil/ suet to two parts bird seed. We used one third of a cup of coconut oil and two thirds of a cup of seed. This makes one neat cup of completed food.
  2. Gently heat the fat on a stove top until melted. Please assist children here as melted fat is dangerous to handle.
  3. Pour the fat into a metal bowl and stir in the seed. Pour into a cup. Place the twig into the cup against one side, so that when set, if forms a perch for birds to sit on.
  4. Hang a piece of rope or ribbon from the mug handle and hang from a tree for the birds to enjoy.

Alternatively…

The same steps can be followed with the same amounts and ingredients, but rather pour into cookie cutters that have been laid on a baking sheet prepared with wax paper.

Allow the “bird feeder cookies” to cool completely and pop them out of the cookie cutters. Using a needle and thread, gently feed some thread thread through each cookie. Now they are ready to hang.

SIDE-NOTE: We researched the safety of coconut oil in bird feeders, and it is completely safe. Birds would eat coconut in the wild and consume the oil and milk. Be sure to use organic and scent free coconut oil. 

Peanut butter Bird feeder

You will need:

  • cardboard Toilet roll
  • string or ribbon for hanging
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • newspaper

Method:

  1. Spread some newspaper on your work surface.
  2. Place the bird seed in a flat dish.
  3. Carefully spread peanut butter all over the outside of the cardboard toilet roll. This is such a fun activity for the kids!
  4. Roll the coated cylinder in the bird seed and shake off the excess.
  5. Attach string or ribbon to the bird feeder and hang outdoors for the birds to enjoy.

Peanut butter is a nutrient-dense source of good fats and protein- an excellent supplement for our feathery friends diets. 

It’s going into the cooler months! We need to consider helping our furry friends supplement their diets with good fats and a variety of fruits and seeds to help them over these cold months. Have fun and enjoy the visual delight that birds bring to the garden.

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Have you read our previous Kids Korner post? We discussed in detail how to get your kids into the garden. Read more |HERE|

 

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