We have been discussing how animals adapt and change through seasons, specifically Winter. A few words we have discussed are adaptations, camouflage, hibernation and migration. When we were researching birds and how they survived Winter we learned that it is harder for them to find food so we decided to help them out a little bit by making some bird feeders to hang on our trees.
The first two feeders we made were hanging for a full day before the birds discovered it but once we put the second set out the next day they came right to it. We also caught a squirrel trying to steal some seeds! Which led to a great discussion on squirrels and why they must store their food for the winter. It was so exciting for the kids to see the birds eating from their creation. We even got a picture of it. We enjoyed this fun and simple craft but our absolute favorite part was getting to watch the birds eat our creation.
- Cutting board
- Oranges – one orange makes 2 feeders
- Skewer – worked best for me but a toothpick would work, anything sharp enough to penetrate the orange
- Bird seed
- Helpful material: a wet towel – this one gets a little sticky!
- Cut orange in ½ right down the middle horizontally (so that you are cutting in the middle of the top and bottom). The halves will act as bowls for the seed.
- Take out the orange segments and enjoy a delicious snack. I used a knife to carve/loosen the slices and then had my eldest scoop out the insides with a spoon. This part gets a little messy.
- Using the skewer punch 4 holes in the peel of the orange bowl. Its best to evenly space your holes.
- Weave yarn through holes in orange. We pressed the yarn through the skewer, as if it were a needle and pushed the skewer through the hole. It helped when we would twist the skewer. Once we got the yarn through the hole we would use our fingers to pull it through. Weaving through each hole.
- Pull yarn so that you can knot the two ends together.
- Once tied pull the two sides even so that you can evenly hang your orange bowl.
- Fill with bird seeds. Its best to fill outside or near where you plan to hang your feeder. We dropped one of our feeders on the way outside and bird seed went everywhere!! Eeeeks!!!
- Make sure to place feeder somewhere you can observe the birds eating their treat. It’s so exciting to catch them in the act!