Kids can increase the sounds of songbirds in their yards by creating homemade bird feeders that coax them near. See how.
- 2-liter soda bottle
- Clear spray paint
- Bird seed
Thoroughly rinse the soda bottle and remove the label. Then cut two circular holes across from one another that are big enough for the birds to reach in and grab some seeds. Below these holes, cut smaller ones just large enough for the chopstick to pass through -- it will give the birds somewhere to perch.
Now it's time to get out the paints and do some serious decorating. Apply the clear spray paint to help protect your masterpiece once it's out in the elements.
There are a number of ways to attach the wire. If you want it to hang upside down, you can drill a tiny hole in the bottom of the bottle and then feed the wire down through that hole and out the bottleneck, wrapping the wire around the neck before replacing the cap. For right side up, you can twist the wire around the neck of the opening so that it comes up on opposite sides to form a loop, or you can poke two holes across from each other at the top and string the wire through them.
Whichever method you choose, you'll want to punch some more small holes on the end that will be hanging down which are large enough to allow water to drain but small enough that all the seeds don't pour out.
Finally, add some birdseed, hang your brand-new bird feeder from a tree branch, and settle in for a spot of bird watching.