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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:
- 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 posterboard.
- Make a copy of the spring poem reproducible for each student.
- Provide students with scissors, glue sticks and paintbrushes. Have each student cut out a posterboard bird template. (You may wish to precut the templates for younger children.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Make copies of the Bird-Watching page and distribute a copy to each student.
- Instruct students to hang their bird feeders from a tree branch near their home.
- 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.
- 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.