To make a natural bird feeder you will need:
-Some pine cones
-Wild bird seed
-Two large branches
Others have suggested using peanut butter to adhere the birdseed to your object. For children with nut allergies, glucose is a great alternative.
Begin by tying up your two branches somewhere in the garden. We left about a 20cm gap between the top branch and the second branch.
Tie the string around a section of the pine cone. Carefully dip the pine cone into the glucose syrup (which is a lovely sticky sensation for the kids) and then into the bird seed. Try to get the bird seed into the open pockets of the pine cone.
Hang the pine cones from the top branch, but in a position where the birds can perch on the bottom branch and peck at the bird seed.
The children and I have already identified many new different types of birds in our playground. Have a go at making a bird feeder for your garden or playground. The birds are loving it and so are the children!