This Saturday was spent making a snowman bird feeder craft for preschoolers. It turned out SO adorable I knew I had to share it with you.
One of my little boys has a soft spot for animals. He adores them on a level I (a self-proclaimed animal lover) simply cannot match. The level of empathy he exudes is remarkable.
Last week we were driving somewhere, which is becoming my new part-time job, chauffeur, when Benjamin noticed that there were still a lot of birds here even though the snow had arrived.
I sort of didn’t hear the first part of what he said and just heard, “the snow had arrived,” ring again and again in my head. Ugh.
Anyways, as he continued on chitter chattering about the little birds, I came back to the conversation and suggested we make something special for the birds to help them adjust to the cold and winter. I was thinking suet, but knew that I didn’t really know what suet was, so instead suggested a bird feeder.
Well, since I am a crafter, I started wondering what cute bird feeder craft I could come up with that would be good for preschoolers and older kids too. I had snowmen on the brain since I recently made these cute toilet paper roll STEM snowmen with the kids. I was pondering this as I was clearing the egg cartons off the counter (as we have reached that point in the season where our feathery ladies are very unimpressed and insulted by the snow, so they refuse to lay eggs. Can’t blame them, really, and I actually feel silently proud of them for taking this stand. You go girls.)
Yep! Those egg cartons could be used to make adorable little snowman bird feeders.
Just before we get into how to make these little bird feeders, I wanted to share with you my FREE Four Season Nature Walk Printables. These sweet printables encourage you to use all of your senses as you explore the outdoors. Do you hear those birds singing? Feel the crunchy leaf under your foot? See the symmetry in the butterflies wings? Nature walks are such a magical experience with little ones, and these printables are the perfect addition!
Okay, back to the snowman bird feeders! Here’s how we made them:
Snowman Bird Feeder Craft for Preschoolers
Making the Snowman Winter Craft
First of all, I chopped those egg cartons into sections of three cups. We also poked a hole in the middle of one cup. This would be for putting the pipecleaner (or string) through to hang it on the tree.
Next, Ben painted all of the egg carton sections white. It was at this time that we chopped a few single egg carton cups and painted them black so they could become top hats. Because what is a snowman without a top hat?
Once it had dried, we added a little orange carrot nose and black little eyes, a smile, and buttons with paint. We also added a little scarf around the snowman’s neck and a ribbon around his top hat. Just because … well … cuteness, really.
I then hot glued the top hat to the snowman’s head, poking a hole in the top of the top hat. (It was now that I realized the previously poked holes in the snowman would be unnecessary—Eeep! Hope you are one of those people that read all the instructions before you begin!)
Turning the Snowman into a Bird Feeder
Once the glue was nice and dry, we threaded a pipecleaner through the hole and popped all those little snowmen on a cookie sheet. Ben then spread peanut butter into the little cups.
Finally, he sprinkled birdseed onto the peanut butter. I was very hopeful that the cookie sheet would contain all the birdseed being sprinkled. It did not. It definitely did not. The birdseed sprinkling is best done outside friends.
We hung those little snowmen bird feeders in the trees right by my little animal lover’s window so he could watch those birds, chipmunks and squirrels enjoy their winter treat.
This was such a fun winter craft to enjoy with my kids. I just love watching my little people grow into the people they were meant to be. Watching all of their unique interests and passions emerge is so special.
I hope you and your little animal lovers love this bird feeder craft as much as we did.
Thank you so much for reading!
P.S. Don’t forget to download your FREE Four Season Nature Walk Printables!