Each student will design a bird feeder for a specific type of bird. They will build a prototype of their bird feeder, a version that incorporates their design ideas, but may not be sturdy enough to actually put outside and use.
Step 1: Get Supplies
We encourage you to raid your recycling bin and craft box for building supplies. You can use those supplies to substitute for or supplement our list of supplies below.
Here is a list of building supplies that you can easily purchase at the store:
- paper plates & paper cups
- aluminum foil
- tape or stickers (to be used in place of tape)
- binder clips or clothes pins
- pipe cleaners
In addition, students will need the following tools to share:
If you would like to add bird seed to students’ prototype feeders, you'll need to buy a bag. Be warned: spilled bird seed can be messy.
Step 2: Prepare Supplies
If you are using supplies that come in bulk form, consider dividing supplies for easier distribution. For instance, if you have a roll of aluminum foil, we suggest tearing off 6” squares.
Step 3: Print Worksheets and Inspiration Sheets
Print a set of My Bird Feeder Worksheets for each student.
We also created additional instructions for students who are stumped and frustrated by the task of making a bird feeder. We suggest letting students try on their own, providing these Inspiration Sheets only to those who need the help. Print as many Inspiration Sheets as you think you’ll need for your group.