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

Subject: Environmental, Science

Length of Time: 10-15 Minutes

Featured Programs:
Sponsored School(s)

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.

Sponsored Content

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.

Related Lesson Plans

All About Pollination

This lesson is designed to help students develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

All About the Moon

This lesson is designed for help students understand the importance of the moon. Through multiple activities and demonstrations, students will learn the phases of the moon, what they look like, how it’s lit, and how long it takes for the moon to revolve around the earth.

Solar System

This lesson is designed to help students understand that “the orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns.

Keeping Warm in Winter

Students will understand why animals store fat for the winter or colder months and how this affects how temperature is felt. How does the environment and our protection of it help this?