I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and when we went to pick up chicken food this week I decided that now was the time! For our Wednesday sensory time we threw together these super easy bird feeders. Probably the only thing you will have to go out and buy is the bird seed and I got way more than we needed for less than $5 at Orscheln, but I just looked at Target and they have some in store too.
Here’s what you’ll need…
- Empty Toilet Paper Roll
- Peanut butter
- Knife (or a craft stick for younger kids to spread)
- Bird Seed
Here’s what you’ll do…
- Spread peanut butter along outside of empty toilet paper roll
- Roll the peanut butter tube in birdseed (we dumped the bird seed in her sensory tub so she could play with it too, which she did. You could also use a pie dish or medium to large size tupperware container)
- Cut Yarn/Twine and thread through the tube. Tie a knot with the ends
- Go outside and find the perfect branch!
There are so many pros to this activity. First, using a knife or craft stick to spread the peanut butter is great for fine motor skills. Second, the bird seed is a great alternative for a sensory filler. Third, it is an act of kindness that young kids can be involved in. Fourth, it gets us outside!
I love multi-purposed sensory fillers and this is definitely one of them. Even after we went outside and hung up our feeders London came back in and kept playing with the seeds. Also, Sometimes kids need motivation to get outside when it starts to get chilly. Going outside and getting fresh air is so important for kids, but especially when cabin fever starts to kick in. Sharing with the birds and showing off something that they were involved in creating is a great incentive!
I hope you all enjoy this fun and simple sensory/craft project! When London gets up from her nap we are going to go check and see if anyone has taken a nibble off ours!