Activities which will encourage birds into your garden

April 30, 2019

Bird-watching is a wonderful hobby regardless of age. Children can quickly learn the common species of birds which can be seen in your gardens – robins, blackbirds, blue-tits, sparrows and many more, and who knows you may soon have passionate ornithologists on your hands.

Children love to feed the birds and by doing so it will help to encourage them back into the garden and what better way than with homemade ideas you can do make the kids? There are however some foods which you should avoid feeding to the birds, you can see a list of those here.

Monkey Nut Hanger

You will need:

  • A bag of monkey nuts
  • a ball of string
  • a long blunt needle
  • a few clothes pegs.

How to make a Monkey Nut Hanger:

  1. Cut a length of string about 15 inches long and tie a large knot in one end
  2. Thread the needle and begin to thread the string through the monkey nuts (there is a gap in the middle of the shell)
  3. When it is full up tie another large knot and secure it to a branch or clothesline with a peg.

This is a special favourite of blue-tits!

Seed Balls

You will need:

  • A selection of wild bird seeds
  • old cooking fat (from frying sausages or bacon)
  • stale breadcrumbs
  • leftovers (like pasta or rice)
  • a ball of string.

How to make seed balls:

  1. Heat the oil slightly on a baking sheet in the oven.
  2. Help your child to carefully add all the seeds etc and mix with their hands.
  3. Shape the mixture into balls (a bit larger than a golf ball) with a length of string right through the middle.
  4. Allow to go cold and set.
  5. Make sure there is a knot at the bottom of the string before hanging out in the garden.

Pecking Balls

You will need:

  • Either a pumpkin
  • butternut squash or swede
  • a hammer and large nail

How to make Pecking Balls:

  1. Help your child to peel the pumpkin, butternut squash or swede with a knife or peeler.
  2. Place it in a saucepan and then cover it with water.
  3. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat off and leave to cool.
  5. Then hollow out part of the vegetable in the middle and help your child to secure it to a fence post or trunk of a tree with the large nail.

Bird Bath

You will need:

  • An old kitchen tray
  • dustbin lid or other flat object
  • acrylic paints
  • paintbrushes
  • PVA glue mixed with water

How to make a Bird Bath:

  1. First of all, give the tray or lid a thorough wash in hot soapy water and allow to dry.
  2. Then encourage your child to paint the tray with designs of their choice.
  3. Allow to dry and then varnish with watered down PVA glue (which is non-toxic).
  4. Attach it with a nail or couple of screws to the top of a tree stump or low-lying branch in the garden.
  5. Pour water until full and watch and wait!

These activities are so simple to do they will guarantee plenty of enjoyment as you watch the birds returning to your garden to enjoy your creations!

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Author Bio: Clare, is a Mummy to 2 whirlwinds – Emmy & Harry. She is a Former Nanny of 14 years prior to having her own children. In a bid to keep sane she started blogging over at where she shares life’s adventures and misadventures, reviews, competitions and also where she writes her very popular blog series “Top Tips from a former Nanny”. If life wasn’t crazy and busy enough she also blogs over at where she is trying to move away from sharing too much of the children’s lives and write for herself again.

  • Micaela Levachyov April 30, 2019 at 11:42 am

    This reminds me I totally have to refill my bird feeders, I’ve been meaning to do it for AGES! The 2 most exciting birds I’ve ever seen in my garden would be a spotted woodpecker and at one point there was a bird of prey sitting on my fence!

  • Fiona Maclean April 30, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Now, would someone just lend me some kids who are keen to do this! I don’t have any of my own…
    Or maybe I should just feed that inner child and have a go myself at your great suggestions – I love the birds in my garden – I back onto a park here and it’s really quite magical sometimes

  • Kacie Morgan May 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I went through a phase when I was younger where I just loved bird-watching. I even earnt the Brownie badge for it 🙂

  • Lisa May 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I really enjoyed this post, I only wish I had a garden and some kids to try and replicate your suggestions here!

  • Mellissa Williams May 1, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    What interesting activities. We had a bird bath when I was a kid and I was always fascinated, watching the birds.

  • Claire May 2, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Lovely activities! My little one would love to watch the birds in our garden so it’s something I’m very interested in.

  • Olivia Jade May 2, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    I recently set up a feeder near my house so I can see the birds feed from the windows but none seem to take to it unless it’s at the bottom of the garden. I want to make a bird bath now!

  • Rachael May 3, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Oh what great ideas! We don’t have a garden but Luke and I have made lots of seed bombs and cookie cutter bird feeders in the past for my grandpa. He loves hanging them up and watching the birds from his living room window.

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