Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Spring is not far off, and creating a birdhouse is a fantastic project
for your entire family.
Here are some birdhouse craft ideas:
Peanut Butter Pinecone
1.Tie a heavy string, or twine to the top of a large pinecone.
2.Cover the cone with peanut butter or suet (purchase at bird-feed
3.Press sunflower seeds or a birdseed mix into the peanut butter or suet.
4.Opt to press on and roll the pinecone into gourmet items, such as
1-cup cornmeal, 1-cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats, or 1 cup
chopped dried fruit. Use dried fruit such as small, chopped pieces of
apple, raisins, dates and plum.
5.Hang your delicacy from a tree branch. If possible, hang it from a
spot where you can see it (like a tree branch or bush outside your window).
Milk Carton Bird Feeder
1.Get an empty milk carton and rinse it out, being sure it is clean and dry.
2.Cut a 2" - 3" diameter hole in each of the four sides of the carton,
about 2" from the bottom. Then, poke two small holes at the top of the
carton and thread a long piece of string or twine through them.
3.Fill the bottom of the carton with birdseed and hang it from a tree or
shrub. To attract birds to the area scatter some seeds on the ground
below the hanging bird feeder.
1. Using an aluminum pie pan, punch several nail-sized holes in the
bottom for drainage. As with many aspects of these crafts, adult
supervision is required. 2.Place the tin on top of an old hanging plant
3.Hang from a tree limb or a pole or simply place the pan on top
of a fence or deck post. Voila! Instant bird buffet!
Here are some books to read to your child that will ignite their
curiosity (and yours!) in birds:
Riki's Birdhouse by Monica Wellington
Birds, Nests and Eggs by Mel Boring
Everything Bird: What Kids Really Want to Know about Birds (Kids' Faqs)
by Cherie Winner
Birds (Science Kids) by Nicola Davies
Backyard Bird Watching for Kids: How to Attract, Feed, and Provide Homes
for Birds by George H. Harrison and Kit Harrison