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Bird Feeder Project

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    Sacramento Zoo

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Bird Feeder Project

In this activity, learners make a backyard bird feeder with soda bottles and other simple supplies. Learners will recycle a plastic bottle to hold birdseed, create a perch for the birds to rest, and attach it to a branch or post outside. Then, enjoy birdwatching!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Empty 2 liter soda plastic bottle
  • Elmer's glue
  • 1 one inch diameter wooden dowel or pole, six inches long
  • Scissors
  • Twine or rope to hang the bottle
  • Wild birdseed


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums


  • All Rights Reserved, Sacramento Zoo, ©2011


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