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Bird Feeders

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Bird Feeders

In this activity, learners build a bird feeder or feeders to attract birds for observation. The main feeder to be built is made from a large milk carton, but a suggestion is also included for a simple flat box or can lid feeder. Adult assistance or supervision may be needed depending on materials used to construct and hang the feeder.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Sunflower seeds, dry oatmeal, popped popcorn, raisins, unsalted peanuts or other nuts, peanut butter, or bird food from a store
  • Empty milk carton, or cardboard box, or can lids with lip
  • Thumbtacks, hammer and nails, or wire to make a hanging loop
  • Strong scissors
  • Thin wooden stick (dowel), long twig, or pencil for perch (optional)
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Aluminum foil (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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