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Discover a variety of simple bird feeders for preschoolers to make and hang in the trees. They’ll love watching the birds flock to the yard.
Now that spring is just around the corner, the leaves are budding on our backyard trees. This means we are beginning to get more and more backyard visitors. We like to entice them to visit by keeping our bird feeders stocked with bird seed all spring.
But, sometimes, we like to make our own bird feeders. We decided to use what we had on hand. We stockpiled empty toilet paper tubes so we could turn them into bird feeders.
Simple Bird Feeders for Preschoolers
Gather your supplies, and get started. All you’ll need is empty toilet paper tubes, string/twine/pipe cleaners to hang them, peanut butter, and bird seed.
Preschoolers can do most of this project on their own. Using an icing spreader or butter knife, let them coat the outside of a tube with peanut butter.
Next, roll the coated tubes in a shallow dish full of bird seed. Shake off the excess seeds. This part can get messy so you may want to do it on the patio or deck.
Tie the twine/string/pipe cleaners through the tube, and hang it on a nearby tree. We like to put some in our front trees to see while we’re homeschooling. Then, we put some in our back trees to see while we eat in the kitchen.
If you’d like more bird feeder ideas, check out these ideas from my fellow bloggers:
• East Coast Mommy shares three different kid-made bird feeders.
• Life Over C’s shares three activities you can do with bird seeds including making a bird feeder out of craft sticks.
• Buggy and Buddy uses old picture frames to make bird feeders. What a unique idea!
• Kids Craft Room uses pipe cleaners to shape her bird feeders.
• The scarecrow bird feeders over at Castleview Academy will look wonderful in your yard any time of year!
Preschool Books About Birds
Here are some great bird-themed picture books you can read with your preschoolers when they’ve completed this craft. Maybe they’ll want to use their new birds to act out the story.
Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Birds, Nests, and Eggs – A fun, informative take-along guide that will help children identify 15 birds. Kid will also learn how and where birds build their homes and all about their young.
ABC Birds – Along with extra-large letters and fun facts, bright, detailed photos present 26 beautiful birds whose names each begin with a different letter.
Fine Feathered Friends – Bee hummingbirds, ostriches, flycatchers, chickadees, and bald eagles! Dick and Sally find themselves on a bird-watching tour led by the Cat in the Hat. After a quick lesson on just exactly what a bird is, they go motoring around the world to observe our fine feathered friends in their natural habitats.