National Network for Child Care's Connections Newsletter
Bird feeders can be used all year. Make a simple bird feeder with the directions below.
WHAT YOU NEED
Empty plastic jug (such as a one gallon milk jug)
Marking pen or pencil
Strong string or thin wire
Rock or stone
WHAT TO DO
1) Rinse the jug.
2) Draw a 3 ´ inch by 3 ´ inch square on a separate sheet of paper. Round off the two top corners of the square. This is the door pattern – cut it out.
3) Place the pattern two inches up from the bottom of one side of the jug. Trace the pattern.
4) Carefully cut out the door. Ask an adult for help, if you need it.
5) Make two small holes at the top of the jug just below the cap by pushing the nail through. Place the string or wire through the holes in the jug. Glue the cap in place.
6) Find a large, heavy flat rock to add weight to your feeder. Clean the bottom of the rock. Glue the rock to the inside of your feeder.
7) Put some bird seed in the bottom of the feeder and enjoy watching the birds!
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Reprinted with permission from the National Network for Child Care – NNCC. (1996). Build a bird feeder. In Eller, C. L. (Ed.), *School-age connections*, 5(3), Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System.