Bird-Watching Activities for Kids

By: the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Plant For Your Birdies Activity

Make a happy new home for your bird friends.
Make a happy new home for your bird friends.

Why not plan your gardens around the birds you want to attract? Studies show birds prefer these five types of plants when searching for the ideal place to nest and live.

What You'll Need:

  • Seeds
  • Tree saplings
  • Flower starts

Evergreens provide cover, winter shelter, and summer nesting sites. Grass (especially if not mowed during nesting season) provides cover for ground-nesting birds. Nectar-producing plants (especially red blossoms) attract hummingbirds and orioles.


Fruiting trees and bushes, like cherry trees and grapevines, attract dozens of species of birds for obvious (and tasty) reasons. Be sure to plant trees or bushes that bear fruit every season.

Nut and acorn plants, such as oaks, chestnuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts, are good for birds to eat and provide good nesting sites.

Continue reading to the next page to learn how to help out your bird friends with a fun "ring the bells" activity.

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