A very nice bird couple lost their home in a storm that blew through Fiddlebug’s Forest the other day. The nest they were building was blown right out of their favorite tree! Luckily the birds were sheltering nearby and weren’t hurt, but all of their hard work was lost. They came to Father Dragon for advice about a safer place to build. Father Dragon had a great idea right away. He asked Fiddlebug to help the birds by making a cozy bird house for them to build their new nest in. Fiddlebug was so excited that he could hardly wait to get started. He found Craig and together they spent the day gathering materials so that when evening came and Bart stopped by to play the three friends could work on the new bird house together. By the next day, the house was finished and Father Dragon helped hang it in a safe place.
I am happy to report that Mr. and Mrs. Sparrow are busy adding their nest to the space. They hope to have their eggs tucked in and waiting to hatch before long.
So I wouldn’t disturb the birds as they are working, I made another house a lot like the one Fiddlebug, Bart and Craig created. I admit, mine is plainer to look at, but when you decorate your own you can make it as colorful and creative as you like! Here’s what you have to do:
NOTE TO BIG PEOPLE: If you are helping someone with newly developing fine motor skills (due to the pointy parts) or would just like to avoid some of the mess, you may want to handle a few of the steps on your own and leave the decorating up to your small person.
What you need:
1 half-gallon cardboard milk or orange juice container
2 bamboo skewers
2 pieces of strong twine or yarn to hang your bird house from. Mine are about 2 feet long each.
1 small craft stick
Paint and other decorating materials
What you do:
1) (optional) I gave the entire milk carton I used a coat of spray paint to give myself a solid color to decorate on later. Make sure if you choose to do this that you give the milk carton time to dry thoroughly.
2) Cut a 2 inch hole in the front panel of the carton about 1/3 of the way up. I chose a circle, but any shape will do.
3) Add a small slot under the hole that is big enough for the craft stick to insert snuggly into it. This will be a nice perch for your bird friends.
4) DECORATON TIME! Might I suggest brightly colored little hand prints, or sparkly fairy dust spirals? You could also decorate it just like a little house with a picture of you peeking out one of the windows. Get creative and have a lot of fun with this step!
5) When all of your decorating work is done, a big person should poke the bamboo skewers through the top of the carton (from side to side) and cut the sharp points off.
6) Tie one end of a piece of string to the end of one skewer and then tie the other end of the string to the other end of the same skewer. Make sure your knots are very secure.
7) Repeat step 6 with the other string and the other skewer.
8) (optional) You can tie the two pieces of string together to form one loop to make hanging easier.
9) Now it’s time to find a safe place to hang your new birdhouse. You get to be just a little “bird brained” while you pick it out too! Pretend you are a bird and help your big person pick out a spot that you would like to live. Try to make it somewhere that you and your big person can see easily. This will let you watch any birds that are smart enough to move in to your beautiful birdhouse.
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!