I don’t know about where you live, but here in Texas, we are experiencing a BEAUTIFUL spring!! Each day we are finding new bird’s nests, caterpillars turning into chrysalises, and beautiful flowers everywhere! My students were enthralled with the birds who were busily making nests near the playground (and eating the crumbs from their snacks on the playground). They wanted to help feed the birds so I asked them if they would like to build bird feeders. They were VERY excited to do this!
To do this I bought 1 orange for every two of my students, a large bag of bird seed, and twine. I set up a provocation on our large table and asked my students how they thought we could make a bird feeder out of the materials that I set out.
My students came up with great ideas and we headed outside for a time of exploration, free play, and making bird feeders!
When we got outside I worked with a few students at a time. Their first job was to scoop out all of the orange from their half and eat it. (They were more than happy to oblige!) They diligently worked to get out every last bit of their delicious oranges.
Then, we worked together to weave two pieces of twine through the orange and fill the orange with bird seed.
I wrote my student’s names in Sharpie on their oranges and let them take them home to feed the birds near their houses. My students were very excited to share their project with their parents! In fact, I have heard back from at least two students that the birds are enjoying their treat and another student told me that a squirrel ate all of their bird seeds! This was a super simple and fun activity that not only taught my students to take care of the animals and Earth but also allowed us to get outside and enjoy a beautiful afternoon! I hope that you will try it, too!
If you want, you could make a mixture of bird seed and peanut butter or almond butter to fill the orange. I avoided this step because I have a student with an allergy in my classroom. I bought a bag of bird seed that had seeds that my student could work with and the bird feeders worked out perfectly!