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String Bird Feeders

The children at New School are joining thousands of people taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

We might not be able to get together with loved ones at the moment, but you can make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of your own homes.

What you will need:

  • Freshly popped popcorn (of the unsalted & unbuttered variety)

  • Fresh cranberries

  • Dried apricots

  • Thread, fishing line or the like

  • A big-ish needle (with a large enough eye to thread something thicker than usual thread & a large enough point to poke through fresh cranberries and apricots )

  • Scissors

How to Make:

  • Know your child’s comfort & safety level using a sharp needle. Assist accordingly.

  • Use cranberries for the end knots.

  • Stringing popcorn can be a challenge! Push the needle through the centre of the popcorn – it’s the strongest part.

  • Don’t go for a pattern; have fun with your design!

  • Mix up the length of the strands. Smaller birds might prefer shorter strands to longer ones.

  • This activity can easily be adapted for younger children. Simply make the holes for the child so that no pressure needs to be applied.

Now watch how the birds enjoy their treat!

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