A quick and easy bird feeder made from a tin can and sisal rope.
Sisal Rope Bird Feeder – Our time at the beach this summer finally came to an end this past weekend. Sadly we packed up and went back home but not before I had a chance to make this cute little bird feeder. Over the past number of weeks I’ve seen an incredible array of wildlife and lots of beautiful birds including hummingbirds, sandpipers, hawks, owls, grey herons and the most awe-inspiring bald eagles (see below for some of the bird photos I took this summer). One day we even witnessed an eagle scream down from the sky, dive into the water after a seagull that was floating in the ocean, grasp the seagull in his talons and fly away with the it – this was only about 75 feet away from us. The size and power of these birds is something you really have to see to believe.
Obviously this sweet little bird feeder isn’t meant for the eagles but there really is a huge variety of birds that live near the beach that would love this feeder. This is a simple project that kids could easily help make. It only took about 20 minutes to make the entire thing.
- Clean tin can – keep the lid (I used a large tomato can)
- Sisal rope
- Piece of metal for post (sorry, I don’t even know what I used, it was just a scrap I found in the garage)
- Glue gun and glue
- Take the tin can lid and bend it in half.
- Take the metal for the post and glue it down so that there is enough room for the birds to perch while they eat.
- Insert your can lid so that it fits nicely over the metal piece you just glued in and is just inside the opening of the can and glue into place making sure there are no openings for the seed to fall through.
- Find the top middle of the can and glue a long piece of sisal rope (about 2.5 ft) from top to bottom of the can so that you have 1 ft on either side of the can hanging off (you’ll tie this together at the end) – this will be the part that hangs from the hook or tree.
- Now, starting at the top of the can, slowly glue down the sisal rope from one end to the other by going around the can in a circular motion until you reach the bottom of the can. Cut the rope and glue in ends.
- Cut a piece of rope the exact size of the front of the can and glue on around the top/front edge to help give a nicer finished look to the feeder.
- Tie the two 1 foot piece ends that are still hanging to the sides together in a knot.
- Fill with bird seed and hang from a hook or tree.
Birds on southern Vancouver Island – photos by Jamey Ekins.
Printable Robot Coloring Page For Kids.
Printable robot coloring page – Over the past week or so I’ve been on holidays and I’ve had the good fortune to spend that time relaxing at the beach. For so long I’ve been waiting for some spare time to spend sketching and doodling. I started with nature sketches of all the treasures I found while beach scavenging. The drawings turned out beautifully and I really enjoyed the challenge. My daughter saw me working on my sketches and asked that I draw something for her but something that was “fun like the blank faces coloring page” – definitely my most popular post to date. My nephews were also out visiting at the beach and I was inspired by the boys so I thought I could make something they would all have fun coloring. I sketched out a variety of robots and then let the kids pick out their favourites. Here are the 12 robot finalist for your coloring pleasure. Enjoy!
Download the robots coloring page here.
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Printable Robot Coloring Page
DIY “I Spy” game for kids.
DIY I Spy Game – Kids love those fun “I Spy” bestseller books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo. I remember when Noelle was a little younger, we used to make weekly visits to the library. After story time we’d check out all the great kids books but she was always drawn to the colourful and intriguing images on the pages of the “I Spy” books. We could literally spend an hour going through these books and when children are young, anything that captures their attention for that long is a miraculous thing.
I was thinking about how clever and yet how simple they are and thought it would be a fun little project for Noelle and I to create our own “I Spy” page. We set off on a mission to find all sorts of fun little household objects for our collage. Making the page is half the fun. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and would be great with more than one child – they could each make their own pages or work together to create a collage. If you get a chance, photograph each page and then you can print these out later for camping, car rides or a rainy day activity.
The photo below is the “I Spy” collage that Noelle and I made. You can download a printable version here that has a list of all the items and then blank spaces for children to find the quantity of each item.
- Talk with your kid(s) about what are appropriate objects for the collage (adults should be responsible for any sharp objects like pins) and then go find the items that will help to make up your DIY I Spy page. Remember the smaller the objects, the more you’ll be able to fit onto your page.
- Once all the items have been collected, sit down and try to lay them out randomly on a the page in a square or rectangle shape. At this point I would try to take a photo of the collage before it gets messed up by sweet little investigative hands.
- Now the kids can start searching through the collage to find all hidden objects – writing down everything as they go along (ex. 4 buttons, 2 dinosaurs, 5 purple flowers, 1 deck of cards, etc). If writing is too difficult for kids, then they can do it verbally or have an adult write and work through the list together with the kids.
I Spy activity page for kids