Toddlers and preschoolers will love making these Homemade Bird Feeders with Cheerios and Blueberries. It’s a fun fine-motor activity for young children, and an easy way to make a simple feeder for the birds in your yard and garden.
Every winter here in my daycare we make homemade bird feeders using materials that we have around the house.
Making a homemade bird feeder with your kids is a fun way to teach your children the importance of helping our your local birds when their food sources become scarce in Winter.
Today, we’re making our homemade bird feeders with Cheerios and blueberries and pipe cleaners. This is a great fine motor activity, and a good way to use up some fruit that’s past its prime.
To make a pipe cleaner bird feeder with Cheerios and blueberries, you’ll need:
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Making your bird feeder:
I bent one end of each of the pipe cleaners so the fruit and cheerios wouldn’t slide off when the hooligans were threading them. The children then threaded their berries and cereal onto their pipe cleaners.
The older children enjoyed some patterning while they were threading, while the younger ones were frequently caught snacking on their supplies.
When the kids had their pipe cleaners loaded up, I twisted the ends together and bent their feeders into circles and hearts.
I tied a long length of raffia to each feeder and tied a bow.
Then we took them out into the yard and hung them from the trees.
Bon Appetite, birdies!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.