Engineer A Bird Feeder

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In this activity, learners of all ages will design a functional bird feeder using familiar, every day materials. Learners will construct and test their designs, make observations, and practice problem-solving skills. Activity includes ideas for experimental challenges learners can try.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Plastic cups, containers, lids
  • Pipe cleaners
  • String
  • Pieces of wood
  • Tape or glue
  • Oat cereal or bird seed


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • Discovery At Home


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