Cheerio Bird Feeders

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A super simple Kid-made Bird Feeder that even your youngest bird lovers can make, these Cheerio Bird Feeders also double as a great fine-motor activity for kids.

This Cheerio Bird Feeder craft is a super simple bird feeder even the littlest kids can make. Add dried fruits and make your pipe cleaner into different shapes to customize this easy bird feeder

Cheerio Bird Feeder Craft

Every group of daycare kids that I am lucky enough to welcome into my home is so unique and different, with their own personalities and interests.

But one thing that always remains the same is their excitement every Spring and Fall when we get more feathered friends visiting the backyard.

The kids are always so excited to spot the different birds visiting our bird feeders and we are lucky enough to get a wide variety – from birds of prey to blue jays and cardinals to sweet little hummingbirds.

While we’ve made lots of different bird feeders over the years, this Cheerio Bird Feeder craft takes practically no preparation (I always have pipe cleaners and Cheerios on hand), no wait time for things to set up, and nearly all of the kids are capable of making their own from start to finish.

The fine motor practice that threading the Cheerios onto the pipe cleaners allows also helps build fine motor dexterity and naturally allows children to practice the pincer grip needed for writing and self-care tasks. (Plus, I love that making something for our feathered friends helps children learn different ways to show kindness and empathy.)

 

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Tip: you can also add dried fruit to these bird feeders by using a knife to poke a hole in the pieces of fruit before providing them to the children to thread onto their bird feeders.

How to Make Cheerio Bird Feeders

You may need to fold down the edges of your pipe cleaners if they are sharp or pokey. Fold down firmly to ensure they aren’t too big to thread Cheerios onto.

Set out the pipe cleaners and bowls of Cheerios.

Show the children how to thread the Cheerios onto the pipe cleaners.

Have the children add as many Cheerios as they like. It’s okay if they only have the patience or interest to add a few.

Take the edges of the pipe cleaner and shape the pipe cleaner into a circle. Twist the ends together to close the circle.

If you’d like to create a little loop to hang the Cheerio wreath like we did, create a second twist in the pipe cleaner about 1″ down on either side from the top.

Hang in the yard and watch to see who visits.

 

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A quick and easy bird feeder kids can make with supplies you probably already have! A great fine motor activity for kids and a way for them to show kindness to their feathered friends

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Yield: 6 Bird Feeders

Cheerio Bird Feeders

Cheerio Bird Feeders

This Cheerio Bird Feeder craft is a super simple bird feeder even the littlest kids can make. Add dried fruits and make your pipe cleaner into different shapes to customize this easy bird feeder

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Cheerios

Instructions

  1. You may need to fold down the edges of your pipe cleaners if they are sharp or pokey. Fold down firmly to ensure they aren't too big to thread Cheerios onto.
  2. Set out the pipe cleaners and bowls of Cheerios.
  3. Show the children how to thread the Cheerios onto the pipe cleaners.
  4. Have the children add as many Cheerios as they like. It's okay if they only have the patience or interest to add a few.
  5. Take the edges of the pipe cleaner and shape the pipe cleaner into a circle. Twist the ends together to close the circle.
  6. If you'd like to create a little loop to hang the Cheerio wreath like we did, create a second twist in the pipe cleaner about 1" down on either side from the top.
  7. Hang in the yard and watch to see who visits.

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I hope your kids love getting to make their own easy bird feeders and watching all of the birds enjoy their special gift to them!

For more fun bird activities for kids, check out our 50+ Ideas for a Preschool Bird Unit Study or our Easy Homemade Bird Feeder for Kids.

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