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For the Birds

I’ve been a little obsessed about teaching my daughter to give back lately.  I think I may have taken what I learned on Bright Horizons’ Raising a Socially Responsible Child webinar a little too far. Right now I’m trying to back off and re-focus on what my daughter is interested in without making it all about giving back to the community.

So, when she started talking about the birds in our backyard last weekend I jumped.  We talked about how she could be helpful to the birds by giving them bird seed and we decided we should make a birdfeeder for them.  It was an early morning conversation and I didn’t want to waste any time, so I did a quick inventory of what we had in the house that could make a birdfeeder; we came up with orange peel bird feeders.

We started by cutting 2 oranges in half.  With a grapefruit knife, a spoon, and our hands, we hollowed out the oranges so that we had 4 cups – and a bunch of orange pieces for our breakfast.  With a chopstick we poked a hole on either side of the cups and attached a pipe cleaner to make a handle.

After we filled up the cups and hung them from our tree we went back inside to watch from the window.

The birds LOVED them – within minutes we saw several birds swoop in for a snack.  We’ve been re-filling our oranges every day…and talking about what a nice thing we did to help out the birds.


  1. News Mom November 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I am so impressed. What a great idea to use the oranges. I’m going to try it myself.

  2. Caterina April 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love the idea of the bird feeder. Very clever.

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