Well, it looks like winter has truly arrived. We’re experiencing frigid temperatures, high winds, frigid temperatures, and our ground is covered with snow. At this time of year, here in my daycare, the hooligans and I get thinking about our neighbourhood birds and squirrels. We talk about where they keep warm during the cold, winter months, and how difficult it is for them to find food when the grown is covered and everything’s frozen solid.
Then we set about making bird feeders using simple supplies and ingredients that we already have around the house. We’ve made so many different feeders over the years! I recently rounded this collection of my favourite homemade feeders, and added a few others I found while surfing the net.
Most recently, we made some simple orange feeders using our left-over orange halves and a few odds and ends from the pantry. Pop over to CBC Parents to see the fun process, and how we distributed them around our yard and garden.
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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.
Assume you could also use lumps of solid fat like lard or a veggie alternative like coconut oil if your weather isn’t that cold? Older children could use the fat just melted, fill the Orange halves with goodies, pour melted fat in then refrigerate to set? I will be working with physically and mentally disabled adults (a huge spectrum of abilities and cognition).
I would think lard or coconut oil would work well, Suzi. I like that idea. And I absolutely LOVE it when our crafts are enjoyed by seniors and physically and mentally challenged adults. I never imagined they would be when I started sharing our activities online, but I often hear from wonderful people like yourself who use our ideas with older loved ones, patients and clients. Thank you for enriching their lives as you are. x