Today, we were supposed to go on our 4H outdoor field trip, but it rained all day and thundered a bit, so they came to us! One of the activities they did with us was creating a cheap and easy birdhouse for Earth Day! I’m going to walk you through the 4H activity of making homemade bird feeders for Earth Day. The kiddos loved this Earth Day activity.
Start with the materials that you need. Lay them all out at the front of the classroom. The two 4H helpers sat at the table and called up a few students at a time to work through their bird feeders. While the other students were waiting, they wrote about what they planned to do with their bird feeders in their writing journals.
Materials Needed for Making Homemade Bird Feeders for Earth Day
- ice cream cones
- peanut butter
- knives and plates
- string or thin wire
Step 1: The teacher will poke a hole in the bottom of the coned. Since this is a step that will require a sharp object, it needs to be the teacher’s responsibility. For the rest of the activity, we want to be student-focused. This hole will be where you string the thick twine through to make it a hanging bird feeder.
Step 2: Students will spread peanut butter along the top rim of the cone. This will act as the glue for the birdseed.
Step 3: Roll the peanut butter in the birdseed. Use a plate underneath to avoid getting the birdseed all over your classroom floor.
Step 4: Keep them in a safe location throughout the rest of the school day. Send them home as is, or in Ziploc baggies. That’s it for making homemade bird feeders for Earth Day. Check out this post for even more ideas for Earth Day lessons.
And for last-minute ideas for Earth Day…
Here is my favorite resource that I plan to use for Earth Day.