How to Make Bird Houses

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If spring has sprung in your hometown, it's probably time for your local birds to start laying a few eggs. But even birdie babies require a nursery. This season, your kids can help indigenous birds feather their nests with this cool bird house activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Hair from a hairbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Dryer lint
  • Bits of yarn

How to Make a Guest in the Nest:

Step 1: The next time your hairbrush gets crammed full of tangled tendrils, don't just pull the hair out and throw it away. Weave it into the branches of a tree that's a known hangout for birds.

Step 2: Have a few dusty cotton balls that are headed for the trash? Pull them apart and hook them onto the branches as well.

Step 3: Do the same with dryer lint and bits of yarn left over from a knitting spree.

Before you know it, those bits and pieces will mysteriously vanish from the trees. They will reappear, mixed with mud and branches, as the birds' nests take shape.

The next bird activity will have you and your kids making bird houses out of gourds and flower pots. Learn how to make simple bird houses in the next section.

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