Homemade Bird Feeder Craft Children's Activities

2016-02 Bird Feeder P (1)Looking for a quick and simple activity to do with the kids? This homemade bird feeder craft is easy for young kids and uses only materials you would normally find around your home.

Kids love to get messy! This is a great sensory activity for the little guys with the feel of the peanut butter between their fingers and the gritty birdseed. It also works on their dexterity and hand-eye coordination when they attempt to use the knife to spread the peanut butter onto the paper tube.

Read on for full instructions on how you can do this simple craft with your little monsters! Beware though! This is quite messy!

Skill Level:

Perfect for toddlers!


45 mins to 1 hour


Nothing really, just use what you have around the house


  • Toilet paper tube or paper towel tube
  • Peanut Butter
  • Birdseed
  • Scissors
  • A pan with sides for each child to contain the mess
  • A butter knife

Bird Feeder Craft Instructions:

  1. Preparation:
    • Make sure you child(ren) are wearing something that is okay if it gets covered in peanut butter
    • Cut paper towel tubes in half if needed
    • Provide each child their own pan (with sides) as well as a scoop of peanut butter and a dull butter knife.
  2. Each child spreads the peanut butter onto the toilet paper tube (some of the younger ones may need help). I assisted both my 2.5 and 4 yr old.
  3. Once the cardboard tube is covered in peanut butter pour some birdseed into the pan and get the children to roll their toilet paper tube around to completely cover it.
  4. Now it’s time to hang in the tree! Either slip the tube over the branch like I have done or use a string and hang.
  5. Watch the birds come and feast!
    2016-02 Bird Feeder

According to Amanda… the verdict is:

Both my kids loved this activity and the best part is watching the birds come to eat from them! A few weeks later and we are still looking out the window! However, we have had quite a mild winter and have also had some rain, these paper towel tubes cannot last much longer if the temperature doesn’t drop soon.



Making bird feeders with the kids #kidsactivities Stay tuned for upcoming blog post for instructions

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Based in Toronto, Amanda is a full-time mom of 2 little monsters, creator and editor of the blog According to Amanda (accordingtoamanda.ca) and since that isn't enough to keep her busy she also manages her own marketing consulting agency, Amanda Mercier Consulting (amandamercier.com).


  1. Laura Anderson Says: March 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Great idea!!!!! My daughter and I are excited to make some!!! We get LOTS of birds and have a large field and plenty of trees out back. Great project idea! Thank you!!!

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