One of the things I love about Neuchâtel is the fact there are so many birds! Recently we have been on bird nest spotting missions on our walks and I’ve been explaining why there are bird boxes on the trees in Neuchâtel town. As it’s winter we thought we would give them a bit of a hand and create a couple of bird feeders today (in the process cutting back on our recycling).
We had an amazing time getting extremely messy with my 2 year old who could join in with all but the cutting parts.
Bird Feeder No.1 (easy)
You will need:
- Cardboard tube – we made one from an old roll of wrapping paper. Now you could use plain old toilet or kitchen rolls but in a mummy blitz I had chucked most of them out.
- Smooth peanut butter (crunchy was less sticky)
- Bird seed
Step 1: Cut your toilet roll to size for your design.
Step 2: Unleash the peanut butter – we spooned it on to the side and smeared it liberally all over our tubes.
Step 3: Roll the sticky peanut butter tubes in bird seed (perfect toddler activity).
Step 4: tie each roll together with string. Each tube was tied in a loop to the above tube and the top tube was then tied to the branch of the tree.
Bird Feeder No.2 (harder)
You will need:
- A 1 litre plastic bottle
- 2 wooden spoons
- Bird seed
- A marker pen
- Sharp scissors
- Drill or skewer
- Funnel or sheet of paper
- Vacuum cleaner
Step 1: Empty one 1 litre bottle.
Step 2: While your toddler is consuming the contents draw with the marker pen on two sets of pairs of holes on to your bottle. Each pair should consist of one 1cm diameter hole and one 2.5cm hole opposite each other. I used the ridges in the bottle to ensure they were similar heights and the larger hole was on a slightly lower incline to the smaller hole.
Step 3: Cut the holes out carefully and test that your spoon fits in the holes (inserting the spoon handle by the larger hole and pushing right throughout the bottle).
Step 4: Place the bottle with spoons onto a place and your toddler can now fill the bottle with bird seed using a funnel or sheet of paper.
Step 5: Set vacuum cleaner to low power and get toddler to suck up all the bird seed that fell on to the floor during step 4. Meanwhile drill hole in the bottle lid.
Step 6: Insert a piece of string through hole in bottle lid and knot several times. Then screw lid on bottle and go find a tree.
We had a great time making these and my 2 year old loves to be as involved as possible which means things get messy but you could probably control the mess a bit more. We are big believers in giving our children responsibilities and allowing them to experiment but you have to judge your own child’s abilities before embarking on any activity.
Apologies for the dreary pics but the weather wasn’t fab today.