Birds need a helping hand in the Winter. This simple activity is a great way to feed the birds and have fun with children. Follow our step by step guide and make your own toilet roll bird feeders.
Our local wild birds will thank you for taking the time to make a toilet roll tube birdfeeder. This really easy craft is great fun for kids of all ages, but especially early years. Once you’ve finished you can hang them in your garden and appreciate the birds that visit!
Bird watching is a lovely way to spend some time and forget the busyness of the week, it will bring calm to the weekend.
Follow our step-by-step to building a toilet roll bird feeder.
All you will need:
- Something to spread the peanut butter, a wooden knife works well
- Toilet roll tubes
- Peanut butter
Don’t worry peanut butter is very safe for birds to eat! Peanut butter is a very nutritious treat, high in calories and fat which are great for energy. Very helpful during winter. Many birds enjoy peanut butter, including nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, and jays.
First, we used a pencil to make holes and attach string to our birdfeeders. You don’t have to do this step, the great thing about using a toilet roll tube is that they are hollow and you can simply place your tube over a branch. However, this way suited our garden as we wanted to attach it to an existing bird feeder.
Use an ice lolly stick or butter knife to spread peanut butter evenly on a clean toilet roll tube. We used an old kid’s plastic knife which worked well too.
Roll the toilet tube in a bowl/plate of birdseed. Whichever way you find easiest. (We went with a bowl so the messy 4 year old could get really stuck in!)
Hang the toilet roll tube bird feeder on a bush, tree or slide it onto a branch. Admire the birds that come to feast on your creation.
Observing and helping nature is guaranteed to help us grow as individuals as well as form a better understanding of the world we live in. We loved making these toilet roll tube bird feeders together and were excited to see what types of birds they attract!
Let us know if you have given this activity a go in the comments. What birds have visited your garden?