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These fun-to-make bird feeders will encourage nature observation!

This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten - 2nd grade / 5 - 7 years

You will need:

Before you begin:

  1. Cut out a copy of each bird template. Then use a marker to trace several outlines of each template (one outline per student) onto sturdy tagboard.
  2. Make a copy of the spring poem reproducible for each student.

Directions

  1. Provide students with scissors, glue sticks and paintbrushes. Have each student cut out a tagboard bird template. (You may wish to precut the templates for younger children.)
  2. Punch a hole in the top of each bird template. Help students cut and tie a length of string or yarn through the hole to make a hanging bird feeder.
  3. Give each student a copy of the spring poem. Instruct students to cut out and glue the spring poem onto one side of their feeders.
  4. Set out the shortening or peanut butter,* explaining that it will make a sticky surface for the birdseed. Have students use paintbrushes to apply a light layer of it on the other side of their feeders.
  5. Pour the birdseed into bowls. Encourage students to carefully sprinkle handfuls of birdseed onto the sticky surface, covering their feeders with birdseed! (This step can be completed outdoors to avoid a messy classroom floor.)

Learning Extension:

  1. Make copies of the Bird-Watching page and distribute a copy to each student.
  2. Instruct students to hang their bird feeders from a tree branch near their home.
  3. Encourage students to observe their feeder over several days. Have them use the Bird-Watching page to record details and draw a picture of what they saw.
  4. Invite students to research any birds or animals that visited their feeder and share this information with the class.

*Note: Please check for allergies before using peanut butter in this activity.
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