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How to make an ice tightrope bird feeder

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

A simple hands-on activity for kids to make in preparation for a frosty morning. This is a fun, temporary feeder offering a place for birds to balance, hydrate and feed.

What you will need:

  • Nature Nurture Kids Bird Food

  • Ice cube tray

  • Spoon

  • Water

  • Natural string

Step 1

Using the spoon carefully fill each ice cube with some bird seed mix.

Step 2

Slowly pour over the water to completely cover the seeds.

Step 3

Take a long length of string and push it into each seed section, making sure the string is covered with water and seeds to hold it in place.

TIP: You can add an extra small sprinkle of seeds on top to help hold the string in place.

Step 4

Freeze the seeds and water overnight either in a freezer or outside, providing it is cold enough.

Step 5

Once fully frozen, carefully pop out each cube.

You should have a flexible string of iced seeds!

Step 6

Head outside and find a shaded spot in the trees. Tie one end of the string to a branch and the other end to a branch opposite, to create a tightrope.

We were super excited to see that no sooner had we popped back inside after hanging ours up, there was a blue tit already sat balanced nibbling away!

TIPS: Ideally hang out the feeder first thing when it is still cold. Depending on the temperature these feeders will start to melt over the course of the day. If the birds haven't eaten them already, once melted, the seeds will drop and can be eaten directly from the floor.

Birds you may spot enjoying the Nature Nurture Kids Bird Feeder...


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