Making a Bird Feeder

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This is the perfect craft to make with children, it encourages recycling and re-using products as well as caring for our winged friends. When finished it is the perfect platform for watching and identifying birds and opens up another world to your kids.

All you need is the following

● One cardboard milk/ orange juice carton
● A pair of scissors
● Roll of strong tape
● Some string
● Some paint or pens for decorating the feeder
● Small bowl of butter
● Some wild bird seed
● An apple, pear or any other sweet fruits
● Small saucepan for mixing the bird food
● Oats

1. Clean the carton with warm water until the inside is very clean and no smells are remaining.
2. Cut a rectangle out of each of the four sides leave one and a half inches at each end.
3. Now we have the feeder decorate it as you wish using paints, pens or shiny stickers and glitter (watch out for those Magpies).
4. At the top of the carton get a piece of tape and attach it to the top making sure you leave a loop (hole) for the string to go through.
5. Cut a length of string say 20cm, thread this through the loop in the tape, when its through and you are happy seal the tape over the string so it sticks to itself.
6. Now we can make the bird treats, put the butter, oats, seeds and fruit in a bowl and mix them together, once the mixture is done make balls out of it about the size of a golf ball.
7. Hang your new bird feeder from a strong branch and make sure it is secure, put the bird balls in the feeder and wait for them to visit.

This is a great way to watch garden birds and learn about conservation and the value of nature, by encouraging more wildlife to our gardens and backyards we are helping the animals out, especially in the colder months when food is scarce and the chicks need feeding.

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