Hello, hello! Thursday is blog day, and today I’m going to be sharing with you the instructions for how to make a bird-feeder for the birds in your garden.
You may have heard of Imani before. She lives in Kenya, and Rose has written a series of books about her called ‘Life with Imani in Kenya'. If you subscribe to my letters, you’ll get to read about some of my visits with Imani. It is so beautiful where she lives, and she’s such an adventurous young girl - you’re sure to love her!
This bird-feeder is one Imani’s grandmother made every Spring. Because it is now Spring, here in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the perfect day to share these instructions with you!
What you’ll need:
- A plastic bottle
- Thong or thick string
- A stick
How to make your bird-feeder:
1 - Ask your mother or father to help you to cut a small rectangle from your plastic bottle. In this picture below, you’ll see we used a square-shaped bottle. You can use a rounded one, too. Remember to leave enough room at the bottom of the bottle to add the seeds.
2 - Cut two tiny holes into the bottom of your bottle, so that you can slide your stick through it from one side to the other. This will serve as the perch upon which the birds can stand while they eat.
3 - Tie your thick string or thong around the neck of your bird-feeder bottle, quite tightly.
4 - Fill the bottom of the bird-feeder bottle with any kind of bird seed you have. You can even add some grated cheese or cubes of apple or another semi-firm fruit.
5 - Tie the bird-feeder firmly to a tree in your garden, or another area that is high above the ground, so that cats cannot reach it. Make sure it is securely fastened – you don’t want the weight of the bird on the perch to tip it over.
6 - Wait for the birds to come, and then enjoy the show! It’s as fun for you to watch them eat from your creation as it is for them to eat from it!
This is such a simple and inexpensive way to attract birds into your garden, watch them feed, and for you to provide a food source for them. When there are fires in the area over summertime, and there’s not much food around, it would be great if you could make a few of these for the birds to eat from. If their homeland is burned they will be hungry for quite some time.
Thanks to Imani for sharing these instructions with us! If you’d like to know more about her wonderful grandmother, you can read Rose’s book ‘You Are My Little Sunshine’. You will probably find that you have a similar love and relationship with your grandmother, too!
Until next week, enjoy Spring in the Northern Hemisphere!
and stay magical!
You Are My Little Sunshine