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7 Kids Homemade Bird Feeders Using Fruit

Creating bird feeders can be a lot of fun for kids.  Rather than using the standby pinecone or toilet paper tube bird feeder, these homemade bird feeders all use pieces of fruit.  Birds are interesting to watch and fun to learn about.  Invite birds into your playground or around your center/home with homemade bird feeders, so children can learn to appreciate these feathered friends.

Orange Peel Bird Feeder:

Scoop out the orange flesh from an orange, leaving just the rind.  Puncture a hole on each of 2 sides and tie yard through it to make a hanger.  Fill with birdseed.

(Works with lemons and grapefruits too!)

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Apple Core Bird Feeder:

Cut an apple in half, use a spoon to scoop out the core and seeds, and stuff the hole with a mixture of bird seed and peanut butter.

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Apple Bird Feeder:

Spread a thin layer of peanut butter around an apple and roll it in a plate of birdseed.  Tie a string or yarn to the stem and hang from a tree.

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Fruit and Cheerios Bird Feeder:

Use 1-inch pieces of fruit, whole grapes and berries, dried fruit, and cheerios.  Thread the food onto a wooden skewer, alternating the cereal and fruit. (great for patterning and counting!)  Tie string or yarn to each end to hang.

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Cheerio-Blueberry Bird Feeder:

Thread cheerios (or Fruit Loops) and blueberries on a pipecleaner (also great for patterning and counting!)  and bend into a circle.

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Icy Wreath Bird Feeder:

Arrange sliced fruit (lemons/oranges) in a bundt pan.  Add blueberries and/or raspberries in-between the lemon and orange slices.  Slowly pour water into the pan so that it just covers the fruit.  Freeze and pop out of the pan.

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All Fruit Birdfeeder:

Using craft wire, create a spiral.  Thread pieces of fruit onto the spriral.  Because the craft wire is stiff, the fruit is easily threaded onto the spiral.

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Which Birds Like What Fruits?

Raisins, Currants; Dried Cranberries, Cherries, Blueberries, etc:
Will attract mockingbirds, bluebirds, catbirds and waxwings.

Will attract grosbeaks, mockingbirds, robins, bluebirds, catbirds, tanagers, waxwings, towhees and acorn woodpeckers

Orange Halves:
Will attract orioles, grosbeaks, mockingbirds, robins, bluebirds, catbirds, tanagers, waxwings and towhees.

(Source: https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/feeding-birds-fruit.html)

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