This month I became a part of The Nature Book Club! I am so excited to share our monthly nature book and activity with you!
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see other bird books and activities, as well as how to link up with us!
Most kids I know are fascinated with birds. I cannot tell you how many times my daughter and son have “waited quietly”, trying to see a bird up close in the wild.
To fuel their love for birds, I ordered another super fun book about birds and we made an easy bird feeder to attract more birds to our neck of the woods.
They have been checking on them daily to see how much our bird friends are eating!
Here is what we did:
We read Fine-Feathered Friends: All About Birds. This book is from the “Cat and the Hat’s Learning Library”, so while it is not actually written by Dr. Seuss, it does feature our favorite character, The Cat in the Hat.
The book is packed with facts about birds and presents them in the most fun way— through rhyming of course!
After we read our book, we set out to make a bird feeder for our bird friends that we had just read about!
We gathered up the following supplies:
- Plastic SOLO cup (I chose this over a toilet paper roll because of the soggy weather we’ve been having)
- bird seed
- peanut butter
- string/yarn (about a foot long)
- 1 long twig (so the birds have a place to land)
- plate (to roll the feeder in bird seed)
- single hole puncher (to easily attach the twigs and string)
- knife to make slits at top for string
How we made the bird feeder:
First, pour about a cup of bird seed on a plate.
Next, punch two holes, on opposite sides at the opening of the cup. I didn’t do this before the peanut butter, but it sure would have made it easier!
Slice two small holes at the bottom of your cup for string. Tie the string through the slits and tie at the top to make the hanger.
Once the holes are punched, the kids get to “butter the cup”. Slather on the peanut butter so the bird seed will stick.
After the peanut butter is on, roll the cup in the plate of bird seed. If needed to, sprinkling the bird seed over the void spaces also works.
Once the bird seed is stuck on, poke the twig through the holes to create a landing spot for the birds (if your child chooses twigs that are too short, just tie them together with more string!).
Hang it in your favorite tree and keep an eye out for visitors!
What bird wouldn’t love to feast on some free food?! 🙂
If you need more ideas on how to get your kids connected with nature, check out 6 Ways to Engage Your Child in Nature Based Play.
Scroll down for more information on The Nature Book Club and to see other bird lovin’ books and activities!
Welcome to The Nature Book Club Monthly Link Up No 1.
The Nature Book Club is a monthly link up beginning on the 20th day of each month.
It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature.
There is a theme for each month in 2018. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!
The Nature Book Club theme for January: Winter Birds and Nests
The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these 15 nature-loving bloggers which are your co-hosts! Are you following them? If you don’t want to miss anything, be sure to follow each one.
Here are the co-hosts, their choices of books, and activities for the month.
Something 2 Offer
Birds, Nests, and Eggs Nest Scavenger Hunt
The Usual Mayhem
The Boy Who Drew Birds Free artist study set (John James Audobon)
Whose Nest Is This? Nest Building Activity
Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(Backyard Bird Series) Cardinals – Free Northern Cardinal Unit Study & Lapbook.
Rule This Roost
Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds – DIY Bird Feeders
Hide The Chocolate
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South – Free online book club.
The Homeschool Scientist
Birds, Nests, and Eggs – Make a Suet Feeder
Snowy Owls Snowy Owl Craft
Table Life Blog
A Nest is Noisy – Art Project.
Ravens in Winter: Nature Study Activities and Lessons for Teens – Winter Bird ID
Wind in a Letterbox
Birds for Beginners in Southern Africa – Nature Journal Entry
Rainy Day Mum
Coming Home – Needle Felted Robin
Handbook of Nature Study
Backyard Birds Field Guide for Young Naturalist – Backyard Bird Nature Study
The Playful Scholar
Birds, Nests and Eggs How to Make Hanging Suet Ornaments
Nests – Nest weaving
The Nature Book Club theme for February: Small Mammals
WHOOP! – The Nature Book Club Giveaway!
We’re so excited about this month’s freebie. It is an ebook, Backyard Science – Easy Activities for All Ages, by The Homeschool Scientist.
A huge Thank You to The Homeschool Scientist!
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