Tree Feeder - FamilyEducation

Tree Feeder

In this nature activity, children learn what objects they can put in a tree to attract feeding birds.

Materials

  • Berries, seeds, raisins, apples
  • Popped popcorn
  • String
  • Fabric strips
  • Needle
  • Thread
Directions
  1. Find a tree about your size in your yard (Christmas type trees work well).
  2. String the popcorn, berries, seeds, raisins, and apple pieces onto a thread. This is done by threading a needle with a two-foot long thread, tying a knot at the bottom, then putting the needle through the foods one at a time.
  3. The two-foot-long threads can be tied together once they have the food on them.
  4. Go out to the tree and loop the food thread around the branches.
  5. Many birds will be attracted to your feeder tree.
  6. In springtime, hang colored string, fabric pieces, and yarns on the tree and watch the birds snatch them up to build their nests. You may even be able to walk around the neighborhood and spot your thread in nests!
Note: Other things to hang on your tree include: a pine cone smeared with peanut butter, half an orange, a string of whole unshelled peanuts.
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