Kids will love creating this fun bird feeder craft, which doubles as an act of kindness!
Feed the Birds Bird Feeder
- empty water bottles with lids (1 per child)
- razor knife (for teacher use only)
- various colored permanent markers
- Make a sample craft to show kids.
Make the Bird Feeder
Say: Jesus did the unexpected when he fed people who didn’t think there was enough food around. We’re going to do the unexpected for birds by providing food for them.
Have kids each cut the top off a water bottle, right where it starts curving. This cut may be difficult for kids; if necessary, use a razor knife to make a slit for kids to stick their scissors in and start cutting.
Next, have kids cut 2 to 3 inches off the top of the remaining part of the water bottle. Then they’ll cut a “doorway” in the front of the water bottle, leaving at least an inch uncut on the bottom.
Show kids your completed craft so they can see how the top of the water bottle will later attach to make a roof over the bottom part. Then let them use permanent markers to color their bird feeders. They can use fun patterns, stars, polka dots, or flowers to add flair.
When kids have finished decorating, they’ll tape the “roof” (the top of the water bottle) so that it rests on top of the birdseed holder.
Next, kids can tie yarn around the top of the bottle, just under the lid, so that it hangs. It’s best if the knot lines up with the “door” so that the bird feeder hangs at a backward angle. This will enable it to better support the weight of hungry birds.
Kids can also add ribbon to make a bow around their bottles.
Have kids fill their bird feeders with birdseed.
Talk About It
Read Matthew 6:26.
Say: It might not seem all that surprising or unexpected that Jesus takes care of the birds. But sometimes we forget that he can take care of us, too! He can take care of us in surprising ways! And we can follow his example by taking care of others.
Ask: • What’s a surprising way Jesus has taken care of you? Share your own example first.
Say: When the hungry crowd least expected it, Jesus provided food for them. Jesus does the unexpected! We can surprise hungry birds by providing food for them like Jesus fed the crowd. This is a great way to be kind to the creatures God created.
Encourage kids to take their crafts home, hang them outside, and watch to see what surprising colors and kinds of birds God sends for them to see.
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