Bird Feeder Challenge

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In this activity, learners are challenged to build a bird feeder using recycled materials from home and are encouraged to problem solve during the extensions. Activity includes material suggestions, facilitator notes and extension ideas. This activity requires adult supervision while using sharp objects and hot glue guns.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • a variety of recycled materials that may include:
  • 2 liter bottles
  • cardboard boxes
  • aluminum cans
  • egg cartons
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • twine or rope
  • bird seed
  • paper and pencil


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Citizen Science
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


Access Rights:

  • Free access