Bird watching is a fun and relaxing hobby for many. Whether you choose to attract birds to your yard with a birdbath, or by hanging a few bird feeders, being able to sit back and watch the birds come and go throughout the day can be an enjoyable way to spend your day. But what about when it comes to getting your children involved in this green hobby? Here are a few fun tips for getting your children off the couch and outside in nature feeding the birds.
1. Help Them Build Their Very Own Birdhouse
One easy way to make bird watching fun for children is to help them build their very own birdhouse. Building a simple birdhouse doesn’t take much skill. All it requires is a bit of patience and following instructions. Here’s an easy step by step tutorial for how to build a few different styles of birdhouses. After you build the house, don’t forget to buy some paint or decorate it with nesting materials for the birds to use. Children will love taking part in this project and watching the birds fly in and out of the birdhouse crafting their nests.
2. Buy Them A Bird Watching Kit
Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity and thinking outside the box to get children interested in new things. When it comes to bird watching and bird feeding, this is no different. Coming up with new and entertaining ways for your child to get involved in the process is key. One idea you might try is filling the yard with bright flowers or water sources, that are more likely to attract birds. If you haven’t already, invest in a few bird feeders, and lay out some bird seed. Once that is taken care of, you might consider buying your child their very own bird watching kit. This might be something as simple as a pair of binoculars or a bird book that lists all the different types of birds. Offering these fun tools to children makes watching birds more interesting, but also makes it educational. If you are having trouble getting your child outdoors, you might try incorporating it into the family’s morning routine. Perhaps this involves allowing your child to drink their favorite beverage outside on the porch with you while you drink your morning coffee and bird watching together, or maybe it involves reading a story and then watching birds afterwards. Experiment with a few different ideas until you find one that works best.
3. Help Them Make Special Bird Treats
Another fun way to help make bird watching and feeding fun for children is to help them make and hang bird treats. Pine cones covered in peanut butter and then rolled in bird seed work great for this! After you roll the pine cone treats, you can hang them from a tree branch with some yarn. If you need help with making your very own pine cone bird treat, this guide is great.