It has starting to warm up here over the last few days. We are starting to see more and more of the pretty birds back. As apposed to the huge black birds that are here all year round. We figured that those birds coming back from somewhere farther south were going to be very hungry, and would need a bird feeder.
So the kids and I made a very simple bird feeder, that costs no more than the bird seed to fill it.
You start with an old peanut butter jar and lid. Clean it out. Then with a sharp knife have an adult cut some small triangles in the middle of the jar. I cut three but depending on the size of your jar you may want to do less or more. You will also cut two very small triangles at the top of the jar.
It is important to note that some of the triangles can have sharp points. If they are very sharp you can round them out with scissors.
Pull the triangles , in the middle of the jar, out and down. This creates the stand for the birds to land on. The triangles at the top you will bend into the jar and down.
Then get all your brightest paints out and let the kiddos go to town painting the bird feeder.
Then thread string/twine/yarn through the smaller triangles at the top of the jar tying a knot in the end. Fill the jar as full as you can and put the lid back on. Find a sturdy tree to hang it from.
Then run in the house to look out the window and wait until a bird lands on your feeder.
The kids had a great time making their bird feeder. I also feel like it will be a great way for them to bird watch, and learn about new birds.
What do you do for the birds returning?