Are your kids getting restless while stuck indoors this winter with these record cold temperatures? It’s too cold to go outside and it may be starting to get a bit too boring inside. For some of us, the electronic gadgets are giving off more heat than we’re willing to admit, which is a good reminder to unplug and give young eyes a break. So what’s a parent to do? Why not keep your kids busy during the winter (or any time of year for that matter) with these simple homemade bird feeders.

Not only do kids learn invaluable skills like hand-eye coordination, but they also help feed feathered friends that stick around in the cold climate rather than migrating south toward the warmth. (Depending on where you live, some birds you might find in the woods or in your own backyard are finches, sparrows, goldfinches, woodpeckers, chickadees and cardinals.)

But the best part of this activity? It’s a great way to encourage your kids to feel connected to and give back to nature!

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CHEERIOS LOOP

Materials: Twine, Cheerios, Scotch tape

  1. Tie a knot at one end of the twine.
  2. Apply Scotch tape to the other end to make threading easier.
  3. Pull Cheerios through the twine, and tie the ends together to make a loop.

BREAD SHAPES

Materials: Wheat bread, Cookie cutter, Twine

  1. Lay a cookie cutter onto a slice of bread.
  2. Apply pressure and pull excess bread off.
  3. Poke a hole with a pencil and string twine through.
  4. Allow bread to harden.

PINECONE BIRD SEEDS

Materials: Bird seed, Pine cone, Peanut butter, Twine, Parchment paper

  1. Tie twine to the top of the pine cone.
  2. Spread peanut butter all over pine cone.
  3. Roll in bird seed and lay on parchment paper to dry.

Note: Remember to pick only pine cones from your yard. Some options to look for in bird seeds that provide nutrients for birds are black oil sunflower seeds, peanut butter, hulled peanuts, thistle seeds and suet mixes. Visit this great resource for more bird-feeding tips from Audubon. Also, when hanging, keep them as far away out of reach of squirrels if possible.

3 easy bird feeders to make this winter by Vong Hamilton for Hike it Baby

Video by David Hamilton.

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Have you also made bird feeder crafts with your kids? If so, we’d love to hear about them in the comments in below.

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