Studies have long shown that an early love of nature fosters ecological awareness that carries over into adulthood.
One particular examination looked at 9 to 12 year old children’s involvement in outside activities for a span of six years. It was found that outside playtime had decreased by as much as 50% during this period.
Getting kids to appreciate the outdoors can be as easy as providing the occasion. Birds and other outside animals offer an opportunity for inspiring projects that children will love.
By constructing bird-friendly enticers, like feeders and treat holders, kids foster a connection to the inhabitants in their yard. The following can be made with recycled materials and hung outdoors in front of a window for hours of enjoyment for animals and indoor watchers alike.
One hands-on venture is creating homemade bird feeders made out of various reusable materials, like plastic juice bottles or other containers that can be turned into good nests. Children can help construct and decorate the feeders while they learn about birds native to their area. To observe birds from all over the world, watch bird feeder webcams.
For a good way to use up older produce, make a bird feeder that can hold fruit or other less than fresh items. Featured in Lowe’sCreativeIdeas this bird feeder can be made by reusing a small weather and water-resistant pole that can be attached to an end piece. Fasten it to a sturdy spot and spear foods safe for birds and animals onto the pole. From apples to old toast, experiment with leftovers and have kids take note on what hungry visitors’ kebob preferences are. This provides a different way to feed birds than traditional bird feeders and also uses up kitchen scraps.
Other bird feeders can be made with objects in the kitchen or yard. For biodegradable feeders, pinecones can be spooned full of peanut butter then rolled in oats or birdseed and hung outside to attract automatic guests. Other things like branches, leftover bread products, produce rinds or ears of corn can receive the same peanut butter treatment. Also, unused citrus halves can be hung and filled with food.
Giving children nature-themed projects like making bird feeders involve them in the natural world and allow a hands-on role in learning about and interacting with local wildlife.
Providing a fun, nutritious way to feed birds and other creatures will entertain indoor people and pets, and inspires an affection kids will remember.
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