Let’s Play: Bird Feeding

Jess McGlynnMay 4, 2013

I realised some time ago that we don’t get many birds visiting our garden.  Meg has often asked about the few we do get but they tend to land on the trees next door and we don’t get much for a look at them over the fence.

So, I decided to make some homemade bird feeders with Meg after spotting an idea on Pinterest in the hope of encouraging a few more feathered friends to land in our garden.

We used:
Toilet roll tube
Peanut butter
Bird seed

I ‘cleaned’ the TP tube by blasting it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then we slathered on the peanut butter, the more the better as you need the TP roll to be really sticky.

I then poured some seeds onto a plate and Meg rolled her tube in until seeds were stuck all the way around.

Recently, Meg has started to get a bit particular about getting messy so we have coined a little catchphrase that we try to use in an activity at least once a week: “it’s fun to get messy!” (this is best said at the top of your voice whilst your hands are covered in paint/goo/peanut butter etc etc!) – this activity definitely lived up to that mantra as there was peanut butter everywhere.  Poor Alfie was beside himself with wanting to lick it off her fingers.

Once we’d finished we popped the tubes in the fridge overnight and the next day we hung them on our fence.

The finished product

Meg retrieved her spyglass and spent much of the afternoon peering out of the window watching for birds. 

It was a very simple activity and has opened up lots of conversations about the wildlife that lives in our garden.  We have a group of foxes which sleep on the garage at the end of our garden so my next step is to read up about them for some learning adventures!  Meg loves any reason to be outdoors and it was nice to think we were not only getting some fresh air but we were also helping the local wildlife.

Of course, we’ve now got to up our game and look at what else we can make use of in our garden.  I’ve seen some great sunflower ideas that I can’t wait to try.  Our last few attempts at planting seeds didn’t quite work out so fingers crossed that this year we’ll manage! 

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