Monday, November 5, 2007

Making Bird Feed


Materials needed:
  • basket of dried bread
  • small wooden hammer(play dough hammers work great)
  • plastic bag (sandwich size or recycle an old bread bag)
  • bowl
  • carpet square (to muffle hammering sound)
  • tray/or table top surface
Directions:
The child takes a piece of dried bread and places it in the bag.
He/she hammers the bread into fine crumbs, then pours the crumbs into the bowl.
He/she continues this process until the bowl is filled with bread crumbs.
He/she then carries the bowl over to the bird feeder and empties it.
He/she returns the bowl to the tray, then sits back and watches the birds eat the feed.

Purpose:
  • to feed the birds
  • gross motor skill development
  • to feel helpful and good about providing food for animals
  • frustration release
The photo is of an egg carton bird feeder my middle son and I made this weekend. He has yet to make the bird feed mentioned here, I'll let you know how it goes. I like the idea of him making something with his own hands. It feels so good to create. ENJOY! The bird feed idea is from a book called: The Outdoor Classroom by Mary Boden, I highly recommend this book!
~~MM

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

We're going to give this a go. I couldn't find the book anywhere, have any leads as to where to purchase?

Montessori Mama said...

Hi Suzanne,
Here is all the info from the front cover of the book; it was purchased years ago at a conference. Good luck--thanks for your comment!~~MM
Title: The Outdoor Classroom
by Mary Boden
(c)1997
Inquiries should be addressed to:
Mary Boden
1502 N. 52nd
Omaha, Nebraska
68104
(402) 551-1440

Suzanne said...

Thank you so much and I am enjoying your blog!

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