And now to add a little color to the outside world! You and your kids can help the birds to make their nests. This is a great project for kids of all ages.
Materials and Tools
- One plastic or large blunt metal sewing needle with a large eye
- Four yards of sturdy kitchen or bakery type string
- One sheet plastic mesh (large hole mesh is easiest to work with) -- available in craft and sewing stores
- Several dozen strips of nesting materials cut about six inches long. This is best comprised of an assortment of brightly colored pieces of yarn, string, tinsel, thread, thin strips of rags and ribbons.
- Threading the needle with one piece of nesting material at a time (no knots), begin to draw material about halfway through the center hole of your canvas. Remove needle.
- Proceed to the next strip of material and do the same thing with each piece. Work from the center of the mesh outward towards the edges. Do not fill the corner holes with materials.
- At this point you should have a pieces a mesh with multiple strips hanging halfway out of each side, like a bad shag rug. It is not important or even suggested that you fill every hole. Every third or fourth works great.
- Tie one piece of heavy string to each corner and connect the four pieces of string into a single knot, two feet up from the mesh. This will allow your supply station to hang horizontally. The remaining ends (four separate one-foot lengths, coming from a center knot) are used to tie your station to a tree branch.
- After hanging your station, you will need to be patient. The human scent needs a few days to dissipate.
After a week or two, you and your little ones can take a walk around the area that you hung your supply station in. Observe trees, eaves, ground shrubs and bramble. Your children will be amazed and delighted to discover bits of their supply station yarn, ribbon and tinsel carefully woven into area nests. You may wish to record which bits were the favorites in your nature notebook, for next year's station.