Looking for a simple summer craft for kids? This toilet paper roll bird feeder is the perfect craft to make while out enjoying the great outdoors.
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Some of my greatest memories come from going camping with my family as a kid. Even though a lot of the memories have faded, I remember all of the ways we found to entertain ourselves with sticks, rocks and dirt.
I think one of our favorite things to do was make teeter-totters out of fallen logs.
If you go camping with your children often, you know that there can be moments where you need to have a little something on hand to keep the kids entertained. This Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder is a really simple craft to make and once it is done, you can hang it near camp to attract the birds.
How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
- empty toilet paper roll
- peanut butter (or sun butter)
- bird seed
- paper plate
1. Spread bird seed onto a paper plate. Set aside.
2. Cut a piece of yarn about 18” long, for each bird feeder and set aside.
3. Use a knife to spread peanut butter on the outside of a toilet paper roll.
4. Roll the toilet paper roll onto the bird seed, pressing gently so the seed sticks to the peanut butter.
5. Tie a string through the roll and hang on a tree for birds to enjoy.
How to Use a Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
First, tie your bird feeder in your back yard or around the camp if you are camping. Then, have your children take pictures and make note of some of the birds that come into your yard/camp. It will be fun and educational to see which birds are most attracted to your toilet paper roll bird feeder.
It would be fun for them to keep track of their observations in a nature journal like one of these:
And take along a field guide to help them identify the birds that they see. There are several wonderful books out there that not only tell them the type of birds, but also fun facts about them.
Here are some of the most popular field guides for birds in North America:
When you are done camping, take bird feeder down and throw it away so you aren’t leaving any trash behind in your campsite. If you are at home, you could leave it hanging until the bird seed is mostly gone and then throw away and replace with another.
Easy Camping Guide
If you are using this craft while camping, make sure to grab our Camping Made Easy printable set! This set makes camping with kids so much easier by providing simple campfire meals, activities, packing lists, etc. Camping should be fun and relaxing and Camping Made Easy takes the stress out of camping with kids!
If you are looking for other camping crafts and activities, check out these 15 fun camping activities for kids:
Spending time in nature with my children has been one of my most rewarding things as a parent. I’ll be honest, we talk a lot about “The Joys of Boys” on this site, and I absolutely love, love, love being a mom of boys, but….it is exhausting!! Exhausting! So getting out of the house, finding a place in nature where they can explore and get dirty and just have fun, is actually a bit of a break for all of us from the normal demands that parenthood and running 2 businesses brings.
So get outside with your kids. Even if you are just in the backyard making toilet paper roll bird houses. 🙂
Make plans this summer to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors! There is an entire world out there waiting for us to explore it and in my opinion there isn’t a better way to raise children than by letting them explore and learn to appreciate the beauty of nature around us!
Let me know if you try this toilet paper roll bird feeder! I’d love to hear your child’s experience.
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