Homemade Bird Feeder

At this time of year one of my favorite activities to do with the children is making homemade bird feeders. They’re a little messy but super easy, cheap, and the kids love to make them!

Homemade Bird Feeder - All you need for this homemade bird feeder is empty toilet paper tubes, peanut butter, birdseed, and yarn. I use the cheapest peanut butter and birdseed I can find because I figure the birds don’t know the difference.

First, use a hole puncher to make holes in one end of the toilet paper tube. I didn’t do this until the end and learned the hard way that it would’ve been easier to do at the beginning.

Homemade Bird Feeder - Spread peanut butter on the tube.

Homemade Bird Feeder - This is a great small motor activity for the children!

Homemade Bird Feeder - I like using Chinese food takeout containers because they’re the perfect size, and they’re free so if they get ruined it’s no big loss.

Homemade Bird Feeder - Roll the tube in birdseed.

Homemade Bird Feeder - The thicker they spread the peanut butter the better the birdseed will stick.

Homemade Bird Feeder - Some children aren’t into getting their hands messy. I showed this little guy how to hold the edges of the tube so his hands wouldn’t get into the peanut butter.

Homemade Bird Feeder - I’ve been told that peanut butter isn’t good for birds, but that’s not true – peanut butter is actually an ideal source of fat, protein, and calories.

Homemade Bird Feeder - Thread yarn through the holes and tie to make a hanger. I did this step, but I’d let older children try it themselves. Place into a baggie and send home!

Amy Sue

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