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How to make a wreath for the birds- a Christmas kindness activity

November 25, 2017Jenny

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:

-wreath

-monkey nut

-predator

-prey

-hibernate

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!

 

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Comments (36)

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    November 26, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I enjoy watching the birds feed, so will definitely be making one of these #satsesh@_karendennis

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, it is really relaxing, isn’t it?

  • Mackenzie Glanville

    November 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    what an absolutely beautiful idea, it is lovely to give back to nature and teach our little ones this too! #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you

  • Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    November 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a REALLY lovely idea. I love how you’ve blended outdoors, crafts and kindness at a time of year when the kindness and outdoors bits of life can get a little lost in the Xmas hecticness! I’ll have to find somewhere out of the way of our cats to hang this tho! #thesatsesh xx

  • Sarah – Mud, Cakes and Wine

    November 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    What a lovely idea I really like that. We love feeding the birds and thinking of others #tacticaltuesdays

  • Vicky

    November 29, 2017 at 7:57 am

    What a lovely idea – love the Christmas themed bird feeder. Never thought of monkey nuts for birds before – will definitely be trying this! #tacticaltuesdays

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Great- let me know how it goes 🙂

  • Sophie

    November 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    That is such a great idea and indeed, kind! I love making bird cakes with my class and they love watching all the different birds that come to feed. It’s amazing to see that some of the children have no idea even what a robin is so this is a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing on #thechristmaslinky

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you for the linky!

  • mummyhereandthere

    November 29, 2017 at 8:58 am

    What a brilliant idea, the birds would looooove that X #thechristmaslinky

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I hope so!

  • Kate

    November 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Ace idea – I’m well up for teaching my kids more about giving and less about getting stuff and things! #tacticaltuesdays xx

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Definitely!

  • fridgesays

    November 30, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    #thestsesh I really love your ideas and this is no different. Seriously, we are getting our money nut threading ON this weekend, its a lovely idea and a beautiful sentiment – thanks for joining us, I really do enjoy watching and learning from you

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback! And thank you for featuring my post- really appreciate it. 🙂

  • Kel K

    December 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Love this, so simple! We love encouraging the birds to feed in our garden, so we’ll give this a go! #bloggerpinparty

  • Jemma

    December 10, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Such a great idea- I’m going to use this as one of my Kindness Elves ideas! #littlemakes

  • Fee – One of Each

    December 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    We fed the birds as one of our kindness advent tasks but I must remember this fir next year as it is so so cute!! #christmaslittlemakes

  • Sarah Stockley

    December 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I love this idea. This wreath for the birds is so cute, Sarah #adventurecalling

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you!

  • Stephanie

    December 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    My daughter and I are going to make some of these wreaths this weekend. The Monkey Nuts….. aren’t those Peanuts? #adventurecalling

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Great, yes, they are peanuts in the shell, easy to get at the supermarket. Let me know how you get on!

  • Helena

    December 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    This is absolutely wonderful. I’m pinning this. #adventurecalling

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad you like it! Thank you for pinning 🙂

  • Claire @ The Ladybirds’ adventures

    December 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    What a great idea for feeding the birds. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you!

  • David – Potty Adventures

    December 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    What a wonderful idea and what a great way to get festive with little winged visitors to your garden. I’ll certainly be keeping this idea in mind for future reference.Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling . I hope you can again when we open again tomorrow morning.

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you! Great linky- thanks!

  • jemma

    December 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    This is a really good idea – I’m going to switch one of my Kindness Elves ideas for the kids to include this! #littlemakes

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Great idea!

  • Sarah

    December 24, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Oh what a lovely idea, and a very kind gesture! It looks really effective too! Merry Christmas & thanking for linking up to #MakeItLinky

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you for the linky!

  • Review- Mud and Bloom January box – Rabbit Ideas

    December 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    […] out to the local park, river and finally in our own garden, where we watched blue tits feeding from the peanut wreath we made before Christmas. The card was a lovely way to tick off the birds we saw and keep a little record, as well as […]

  • Kate, Meals and Makes

    January 5, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    This wreath is brilliant! What a lovely idea to spread some kindness to the wildlife. My daughters would enjoy making one of these (and watching the birds eating it!). Thanks for linking up! #MakeItLinky

    1. Jenny

      January 8, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Lovely, glad you enjoyed reading!

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