Twig Birdhouse

When it comes to activity related posts, we often times give ideas for crafts that may be for exciting to a girl mentee. Today we have an activity that will be perfect for any student.

For this activity (full instructions from found here) you will need:

  • small 1-quart milk carton – your mentee can save this from his or her school lunch
  • twigs – these can be gathered by going on a walk around the school
  • glue
  • small glass (or similar to use as a stencil)
  • marker
  • scissors
  • hole punch

What to do:

  1. Head outside with yourmentee and pick up some twigs from around the school. While out for the nature walk, yourmentee can get a closer look at any birds native to your area!They can do some more research about native birds at your local library or on the Internet if they wish.
  2. Invite yourmentee to use a ruler to measure the sides of the carton to help determine how longtheir twigs should be.They can also give the milk carton a good rinse to make sure it”™s clean before beginning the project.
  3. Nowthey can use the ruler to measure the twigs and then cut them with scissors so they have a good stack of twigs for their birdhouse.
  4. Before beginning to cover the milk carton, invite yourmentee to cut a small hole in one side of the carton for the birds to get in and out of their new home!You can usea small juice glass as a stencil for the hole.
  5. Have them use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of the carton, to use for hanging later.
  6. Now yourmentee can begin attaching the twigs to the birdhouse, working slowly and gluing the twigs as close together as possible so none of the milk carton shows through!
  7. Whenthey get to the side with the hole cut out, havethem cut the twigs to fit around the hole, and also the hole at the top of the carton.
  8. Oncetheir birdhouse is finished,they can thread a string through the top hole and hang in a tree wherethey can see which birds decide to call it their new home!

Enjoy the activity!