How to make a wreath for the birds- a Christmas kindness activity
At this time of year, food becomes scarce for many birds and they increasingly rely on the kindness of us humans leaving some presents out for them. We decided to make this more festive by creating a wreath for the birds. It’s a great way for young children to express kindness, as well as introducing new vocabulary through speaking and listening. This kind of outdoor activity also adds to their growing understanding of the natural world around them.
This is an easy and cheap activity to do; a large packet of monkey nuts cost us less than £2 and we had great fun counting them as we threaded them onto the string. Although the kids had a go at threading, the nuts were a bit tough so I helped quite a bit with that part. They enjoyed passing the nuts and we talked a lot about why we were making them and how it would help the birds.
Big’s motivation seemed more to use the wreaths to lure small birds into the garden in the hope that the local Sparrowhawk might be tempted to visit us again… even so, we had a good chat about food chains!
New vocabulary for Little was introduced as we talked together whilst doing this activity:
This was also Little’s first experience of monkey nuts, so we enjoyed shelling some and trying them- the kids weren’t keen on the taste! After we had threaded them and added the tags (so the birds knew who the wreaths were from) we headed outside and hung them up in the garden.
The wreaths for the birds have brightened up the posts where our hanging baskets were, earlier on in the year, and have given the children an experience of practicing kindness by helping our feathered friends out this winter.
Have you got a winter nature activity? I’d love to see your ideas!