Frugal Fun with Kids: Backyard Birdfeeders

Making simple birdfeeders is a fun activity to do with the kids and it has long lasting results!  You get to WATCH the birds flock to your yard!

There are several different ways you can do this depending on what you have on hand.

Regardless of how you make them, you’re going to need:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Birdseed
  • butter knives or plastic knives (for spreading)
  • yarn
  • newspaper to spread out and paper plates to catch extra birdseed so as not to waste any.

The base of your birdfeeder can be:

  • a pinecone
  • toilet paper tubes (add a few small sticks to your supply list for these)
  • a bagel

If you use a pinecone:

  1. Wrap your yarn around the top and double back to the front then tie the two ends together.
  2. Spread peanut butter – really work it into the nooks and crannies of the pinecone
  3. Sprinkle with birdseed and hang

If you use a toilet paper tube:

  • poke two holes in the top and two (larger) holes in the bottom
  • String yarn through the top and tie ends
  • Spread peanut butter and roll in birdseed.  (nice and messy)
  • take a small stick and run it through the holes in the bottom so that it is sticking out a little on each side.  This gives the birds a little perch.  :)

If using a bagel:

  • It’s a great way to use up stale bagels AND it’s a bonus for the birds because they will eat the bagel too!
  • Spread peanut butter
  • sprinkle birdseed on (or just turn it over and smush it into a pile of birdseed :)
  • loop a string through the hole and hang!

Don’t let the fun and learning stop there!


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