Bird Feeders for Kids to Make

Bird Feeders for Kids to Make
Kids enjoy making bird feeders. This simple (made from an) orange bird feeder is a great first project for children. Not only is it simple to make but the use of both fruit and suet attract a wide variety of birds. Hang the bird feeder near a window. Your kids will be able to study birds in-depth year-round.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Several large oranges (or other large citrus fruit)
  • String or fishing line
  • Raisins or other dried fruit
  • Suet (homemade works best)
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Awl or nail
Step 1
Carefully cut the oranges in half. Use the spoon to remove the flesh. Chop the orange flesh into chunks and set it aside.
Step 2
Puncture a hole with the awl or nail in the orange rind about 1/4 of an inch from the the top of the rind. Puncture a second hole on the opposite side of the rind also about 1/4 inch from the top of the rind.
Step 3
Thread the string through the holes and tie a knot on both ends. Your orange rind should look like a little basket with a handle.
Step 4
Combine the orange pulp with the raisins and other dried fruit if used. Fill half of the orange with the chopped fruit mixture. Fruit is such a tasty treat for birds that they will fly long distances to get some. It may take up to two weeks before the birds discover your offering but once they do they will be back for more.
Step 5
Chop suet and fill the other half of the orange basket. Suet can mean the difference between life and death for birds during the winter months, especially during a sudden cold snap.
Step 6
Hang the filled feeder from a tree branch. If you have trees that you can easily see from a window these make an ideal location to place feeders.

Tips & Warnings

 
Keep a log of the species of birds that come to your feed. Make sure to write down the date and time.
 
An adult should always assist a child when using sharp tools like a knife or awl.

Article Written By Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs graduated from Central Washington University with a BAed. She has been writing for Demand Studios and Suite 101 since 2008. Mrs. Hobbs work has also been printed in Yakima Family Times.

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