Making a bird feeder log is a simple project that children can do themselves under appropriate adult supervision. Small children will need help with the power drill and chisel, but they can participate in all other aspects of the project, including deciding where to put the feeders.
A bird feeder log is made of a lightweight log with shallow holes drilled into it that are then filled with a mixture of fat and seeds, grains or nuts to attract birds. The log feeder may be left on the ground or suspended by chains.
Because this project involves a power drill and chisel, children have the chance to learn how to work safely--under adult supervision, of course--with both power and hand tools.
If you reuse, recycle or "rescue" materials for your bird feeder, you're creating an opportunity to teach your children about the importance of conserving resources and reducing waste.
Children will learn to identify the various birds that come to your feeder, both by sight and by sound.
Offering food to wild birds teaches children that certain species may be more or less attracted to certain foods, and it also instills a sense of responsibility because the feeder must be refilled periodically.
Article Written By Marie Mulrooney
Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.