It’s week three of educating and entertaining the kids at home, and you may be struggling for ideas on what to do next to keep the boredom at bay. Don’t worry, we are still on hand to help you with our free educational resources and fun activities with educational twists to keep you going.
Spring has finally sprung and with it the trees have started to blossom, the plants in our gardens and balconies have started to grow and the wildlife has awakened. We can see ‘life’ beginning this time of year and it is magical. You can see it in your gardens, on your balconies, out of your sunny windows and of course, on your hour of daily exercise.
So, this week’s challenge is all about bringing nature to you by building your own bird feeder that looks like a miniature BA i360 Viewing Tower!
Like us at home, you may be hearing more birds because of the reduced traffic noise. And at this time of the year, it’s breeding and rearing times for birds, so extra sustenance is always welcome. This hands-on activity is suitable for both KS1, KS2 children and of course adults, bringing all types of birds flocking to your garden, balcony or window in no time!
You will need:
- Two Ice Cream Sticks – (you could make cardboard sticks if you don’t have these)
- Birdseed mix poured into a tray
- Peanut Butter
- Toilet roll inner tube
- A cardboard tube (from kitchen roll, tin foil, clingfilm etc)
- String or twine (or whatever you can find)
Step one – BA i360 Pod
- Cut your toilet roll inner tube in half. Use one half to make your BA i360 Pod.
- Make two holes either side of the toilet roll (at equal heights). This is where your lolly stick will sit.
Step two – BA i360 Tower
- Take your cardboard tube and make two holes either side (at equal heights) around ¾ of the way up.
- Place your toilet roll pod over the top and hold into position ¾ of the way up (where you just made your holes).
- Now thread your lolly stick through one side of your toilet roll, then through the cardboard tube and out the other side, as shown in the photo. The lolly stick will not only keep your pod in place but also acts as a great perch for your birds to sit on.
- Make two more holes at the bottom of your cardboard tube (BA i360 Tower) and thread your second lolly stick through. This gives the bird another place to perch and feed.
- Then make two further holes at the top of the cardboard tube (BA i360 Tower) so you can thread your string or twine through, to hang your bird feeder.
Your bird feeder should now start to look like a miniature BA i360 pod and tower!
Next, without covering the four cardboard sticks, coat your cardboard tube (BA i360 Tower) and toilet roll (BA i360 Pod) in a thin layer of your peanut butter.
Place your BA i360 bird feeder into the tray full of your birdseed mix. Roll and coat your tower in the seeds – making sure that you cover all the peanut butter in an even amount of seed.
Once you have covered your BA i360 bird feeder tower in birdseed, it’s time to hang it in your garden, balcony or window!
Our Marketing Manager’s son, Noah (7), choose to hang his bird feeder on the branch of the biggest tree in his garden – where will you hang yours? Send us a photo of it on our social channels by tagging us at @BA_i360 on Twitter or Instagram and @BritishAirwaysi360 on Facebook.
Don’t forget to explore all the insects and flowers in your gardens, balconies, windows and on your daily exercise walks. Could you plant your own vegetables, plants or flowers and watch them grow? We would love to see your photos, so please do share with us.
- Don’t throw away any cardboard boxes, toilet roll tubes, tin cans, scrap paper, fruit cartons etc, as we will put these to good use in our future challenges.
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- Click here for free KS1 and KS2 learning resources that we have for you to download – Click here
- Check out our last blog post for a great leaflet making activity – Click here