Here is an easy activity you can do with your Cub Scout den. For Tiger Scouts, it fills the requirement for “Feed the Birds”, Elective 32 in the Cub Scout Tiger Cub Handbook.
The goal of this activity: “Birds and other outdoor animals need to eat food every day just like you do. If you put up a bird feeder, you can watch the birds enjoy a meal.”
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There are a number of ways to make homemade bird feeders. One easy way is to use recycled toilet paper rolls. Have the kids use a knife to spread a mixture of peanut butter and shortening on the toilet paper tube. Roll the tube around in bird seed. A paper lunch sack filled with bird seed works great for this. Just place the tube in the bag and let them give it a shake.
Use a hole punch to punch two holes at the top of the tube, one on each side. Thread a piece of twine through the two holes and tie in a knot to hang.
You can also use pinecones instead of toilet paper tubes.
While the boys are assembling their bird feeders, ask them how many names of different types of birds they can think of.
If you would like them to do an additional activity to fill in the time, I found some great bird printables. On this web site I found free downloadable bird word searches, mazes, and other bird crafts.
When the boys are done making their bird feeders, place them in a ziploc bag for them to take home and write their names on the bag with a sharpie marker.
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