Bird Feeder Fun

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

Students will create an all natural bird feeder to hang near the school to feed birds during the various seasons.

Grade Level: K - 2nd


Length of Time: 10-15 Minutes

Objectives & Outcomes

Learners will understand what foods are appropriate for birds and how to create a simple feeder.

Materials Needed

  • pine cones
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • paper plates
  • ribbon or pipe cleaners


Opening to Lesson

Ask students if they have ever seen or if they have a birdfeeder in their yard. Ask if they know what type of foods that birds can safely eat. Explain that they will each be making a birdfeeder to offer birds a snack. Also explain that they may be able to see different types of birds as they come to feed.

Body of Lesson

  • Begin by tying a ribbon or pipe cleaner to the top of a pine cone for hanging. Remind students to keep as much peanut butter as possible off of this ribbon/pipe cleaner.
  • Have students use their fingers or plastic knives or spoons to smear peanut butter all over a pine cone. Place birdseed on a paper plate and allow students to roll the peanut butter covered pine cone in the birdseed. The seeds should stick on the peanut butter well.
  • Allow students to choose spots outdoors to hang their bird feeders or take them home to monitor what types of birds visit. If being sent home place pine cones in a plastic baggie that seals for transport.


Encourage students to monitor the birdfeeders each day and keep track of the birds that visit. Write the type of birds each day.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Assessment will be based on participation and discussion of how animals are being helped.

Modification & Differentiation

Some students may need help tying the ribbon onto the pine cone.

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