We have been enjoying the Coping With the Cold unit study so much! It’s such a fun and relaxed winter unit and it encourages us to get outside, even when the weather isn’t great. Since I tend to stay indoors and under the covers during winter, this has been an excellent motivation to get up and outside during cold weather!
In the unit study, we learn more about how animals, including birds, adapt to cold weather. And, of course, one of the primary adaptations birds make is to migrate to warmer climates. As they travel, though, they are always searching for sources of food.
One of the suggested activities in NaturExplorers is to make a DIY bird feeder. So that’s what we did!
NaturExplorers: Making Easy DIY Bird Feeders
Since we like to include the scientific method in our nature study, we decided to make two different bird feeders and evaluate which one is the most popular with our local feathered friends. We went with one sweet-tasting feeder and one with a more savory taste: a peanut butter birdseed feeder and a sweetened fruit cereal feeder.
I got the idea for the peanut butter birdseed bird feeder from here. And I got the idea for the fruit cereal bird feeder from here. Both are really, really easy, so they’re perfect for little ones to make!
You only need a few supplies to make the peanut butter birdseed feeder.
Once you’ve finished constructing it, all you have to do is hang it up!
It doesn’t get unusually cold where we live, but we do see flocks of birds migrating in the skies from time to time.
So it’ll be interesting to see if the birds that are still here will like this food.
The fruit cereal bird feeder is a wonderful fine motor skill strengthener for kids. Plus, they can always snack on a few as they work!
Once all the cereal pieces have been added, just twist the ends to close the circle.
Then you can hang that one up too!
It looks so lovely against the green leaves.
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to watch to see which bird feeder is more popular with the birds in our area. I think that the sweet cereal feeder is going to empty faster than the birdseed feeder, but we’ll see!
This was such a nice way to include hands-on activities in our nature study using NaturExplorers.
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