Children today seem to get fewer and fewer opportunities to connect with nature and the outside world around them. Families are spending more time indoors, watching TV or playing video games than ever and neglecting the beautiful, natural world we live in. This is why my goal with Mia is to spend as much time outside with her as I can, connecting her with the natural environment, educating her about the natural world and the vast variety of animals and plants which call it their home. I refuse to have her growing up only seeing the four walls of her house.
Luckily she loves being outside and surrounding herself in nature, so far at least. She is incredibly curious about all the different animals, where they live, what they eat, how they talk. So today, we recycled an empty toilet roll into a bird feeder, hoping to attract some birds into our garden for her to see.
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but in her own wings. Always believe in yourself. – Author Unknown
Toilet Roll Bird Feeder
You Will Need
- Bird Seed
- Empty Toilet Roll
- Peanut Butter
How To Make It
- Spread the peanut butter onto the outside of the toilet roll.
- Pour the bird seed into a large shallow dish.
- Roll the toilet roll in the bird seed so it sticks to the peanut butter, ensuring all visible peanut butter is covered in seed.
- Thread a length of ribbon through the tube and use this to hang on your favorite tree outside.
- Watch for birds to come and snack on your bird feeder. See how many kinds of birds you can spot!
There are so many benefits of connecting your children with nature. Having a daily connection positively impacts children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health. It has been shown to increase a chid’s physical activity, improve their concentration, reduce their stress levels and improve their eyesight, as well as many other positive benefits. Extra ‘Vitamin G(reen)’ is a necessary ingredient for a healthy life, contact with nature and a greener environment is needed in frequent, regular doses, just like a vitamin! Simple crafts like this bird feeder are a great way to start your child out with experiencing nature, it is an excuse to get out into a garden and bring them closer to nature. The good news is, it is a bird feeder you can even make on a budget over and over again!
Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings. – Salvador Dali