The third option in our “bird feeders for kids to make” series is a craft stick bird feeder. This feeder is simple to make, but it will take a little longer than the other two designs in the series.
In the Cub Scout new program, the Tiger, Wolf, Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks have adventures where the boys need to learn about birds. They can use this project to attract birds to their backyards to study them.
Here are the bird requirements:
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.
With this design, the boys are basically making a platform for the bird seed. The idea came from Do Something Creative Daily. You'll need craft sticks, glue, string, shortening or peanut butter and bird seed…
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Start by placing two craft sticks parallel to each other. Glue two more sticks perpendicular to the first ones by putting a dab of glue at each end.
Allow the glue to dry then flip the structure over so that the platform is on the bottom. Tie a piece of string (approximately 24″ long) around the top sticks near the corners. Pull the strings up and tie them together so that you have a nice hanger.
Smear peanut butter or shortening on the platform. Since it can be substituted to make the bird feeder without peanut butter, I prefer to use shortening because you don't have to worry about a child's allergies.
Sprinkle bird seed on top of the shortening. Make sure you do this outside or cover your work area with paper! Hang your bird feeder outside and watch for the birds!
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Yours in Scouting,
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