Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer Survival Kit - Hummingbird Feeder



It is finally my turn to host the craft of the week through Mommy Snacks Summer Survival Kit series. And, well, don't worry...it is SUPER easy. Why? Because I am NOT a crafty person...at all! I do try at times, but it is just not something I excel at.

So, I tried to find something easy, fun for the kids and something we would enjoy after the fact...and, it is a Hummingbird Feeder!

Not only is it quick, cheap and easy, but it is also something fun you can enjoy afterward with your kids. There is nothing quite like watching a hummingbird fly ( hover ) right outside your window while you watch on.

So, here is what you need:

  • small milk carton or water bottle
  • something red to decorate with......red craft foam, red paint, red silk flower, etc.
  • screwdriver or drill...something to poke a small, matchbox size hole with
  • sugar
  • string

To get started, you need to let your kids decide how they want to decorate the bottle. The only stipulation? It has to be red. Hummingbirds are attracted to this color, and you want them to find your food source.

Once the bottle is decorate, you want to poke a small, matchbox size hole towards the upper section of the bottle.

Tie string around the bottle to hang.

To make the food:

Boil 1 part sugar with 4 parts water. Let cool. You can store extra food in the fridge for a couple weeks. And, make sure to clean out your feeder every 2 to 3 days.

Fill your bottle, hang and wait patiently for your little feathered friends to appear.

Now, wasn't that easy?

My kids and I will be working on this over the weekend, so I will update the post with pictures of our new feeder for you soon.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

This looks so easy too! I'm excited to do it - my in-laws love watchin' the birds so they'll be getting this from the boys! Thanks for hosting this week!

 
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