Encouraging wildlife such as birds, squirrels, hedgehogs and butterflies to visit your school or nursery garden is a great way to help children discover the wonders of nature.
Watching and identifying different types of birds is a fun year-round activity, and birdfeeders can make colourful additions to the school grounds.
With so many different varieties and styles to build, why not try a few and see which feeders attract the most birds? Here are 13 ideas to get started.
Once you and your class have constructed these bird feeders, they can be used time and time again. You can decorate them any way you like, and then all you’ll need to do is top them up with seeds.
1. RECYCLE AN OLD FIZZY DRINK PLASTIC BOTTLE…
source: Susan Evans
Carefully cut small holes in the bottle and push some wooden spoons or sticks through either side, creating a perch for the birds. Just above the perch, cut a slightly bigger hole to allow the seeds to dispense!
2. …OR A USED MILK BOTTLE TO ATTRACT BIGGER BIRDS.
source: Teach Mama
Cutting a larger hole allows birds to fully enter this feeder. Instead of wooden spoons, you could use thinner dowel or pick up sticks!
3. YOU COULD HAVE THE CLASS DESIGN CHARACTERS FOR THESE JUICE CARTON FEEDERS…
source: Red Ted Art
This requires a bit more cutting and some googly eyes, but it looks really appealing.
4. …OR PAINT THEIR OWN PERSONAL SOUP CAN CREATIONS.
source: Plum Adorable
All you need for these is some poster paint and string! Glue a dowel inside as an added extra.
5. AND IF YOU WANT TO BUILD A BIRD FEEDER FROM SCRATCH, USE CRAFT STICKS OR COLLECT AS MANY USED LOLLIPOP STICKS AS YOU CAN FIND!
source: Mothering With Mindfulness
Glue 11 sticks side by side, on top of two other sticks at either end. Then just build up a frame to your desired height.
For some easy-to-make bird feeders which won’t leave any traces other than the string you use to tie them from the trees, try these ideas.
6. USE ICE CREAM CONES FOR AN EDIBLE BIRD FEEDER…
source: Derelia Nature Inn
Turn a sugar cone upside down, thread some string or a pipe cleaner through the bottom, coat in peanut butter (or something sticky), and roll in bird seeds.
7. …OR GATHER TOGETHER OLD FRUIT AND CITRUS PEELS TO CREATE MULTIPLE FEEDING POINTS AROUND THE GARDEN.
source: Cupcakes and Crinoline
Cut an apple into slices, or hollow out an orange or lemon. Cover or fill with something sticky (like peanut butter) and then add the bird feed!
Quick and Simple
These bird feeders are really simple for the whole class to make but you’ll need to take them down, re-do and re-hang them if you want to use them again.
8. COLLECT SOME PINE CONES FROM OUTSIDE…
source: Dagmar Bleasdale
All you need for these is something to tie the cone with, some spreadable jam or peanut butter, and some seeds!
9. …SAVE UP THOSE CARDBOARD TOILET ROLL HOLDERS…
source: Mommy Gaga
Instead of a cone, use toilet roll holders, rolled in peanut butter and bird feed. Add some sticks through the bottom to create a perch.
10. …OR GRAB A BOX OF CEREAL.
source: 366 Days of Pinterest
All you need is a pipe cleaner and some cheerios to create this simple little feeder in minutes! Thread the pipe cleaner through the cereal, tie together, and voila! This one is great for developing fine motor skills too.
If you really want to make a permanent and quirky bird feeder creation to liven up the outside of your school, which looks great with or without birds, you could try these suggestions.
11. PUT AN OLD TEA SET TO GOOD USE…
source: Home Is Where The Boat Is
12. …REUSE AN OLD DUSTPAN…
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13. …OR TRY RECREATING THIS LEGO CREATION!
source: Fun Crafts Kids
Have you tried one of these bird feeders?
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