Simple bird feeders are a great craft for Cub Scouts to make during a den meeting. There are many different bird feeder designs, so it will be easy to find one that works for your Cub Scout den.
This is the first in a three part series to share some of those designs with you.
At the end of this article, you'll find links to the other articles. Click over and check those out when you finish reading this article.
Homemade bird feeders can help the boys complete rank requirements.
- Tiger Adventure – My Tiger Jungle 3: Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out more about one of these birds.
- Wolf Adventure – Paws on the Path 6: Name two birds, two insects, and/or two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
- Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure – Into the Wild 3: Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see, and write down where and when you saw them.
- Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure – Into the Wild 6: Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives in your area.
Most bird feeder instructions online call for using peanut butter to make the seeds stick to it. But if you have a Cub Scout with a peanut allergy, he won't be able to participate unless you make a modification. A great substitution is solid vegetable shortening such as Crisco.
One of the most simple bird feeder crafts uses a toilet paper roll. Start by spreading peanut butter or shortening on the toilet paper roll. We used shortening.
To make clean up easier, give each boy a paper plate and a plastic knife. Spoon out a bit of shortening or peanut butter onto the plate, and instruct the boys to smear it over the roll.
Pour some bird seeds onto the boys' paper plates, and have them roll the shortening-covered cardboard in the seeds. By firmly pressing the roll into the seeds, you'll get more of the seeds to stick.
Slip the roll over a small tree limb and watch for the birds. If you prefer, you can run a string or ribbon through the roll and hang the bird feeder from a branch.
Another easy bird feeder for kids to make uses a pine cone rather than a toilet paper roller. It's the same concept–smear shortening or peanut butter on the pine cone and roll it in bird seed. You will need to tie string, ribbon or yarn around the top of the pine cone. While this probably looks better in your yard than a toilet paper roll, it is easier to find a roll than a cone!
Check out the other two posts in this series by clicking the links below.
Yours in Scouting,
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