Design and Technology

Now that you have a fantastic design for your bird feeder, it is time to get making!

Use the materials you wrote down on your design to create you bird feeder.

Here are some questions to think about when you’re making it:

Does it look the same as your design?

Have you had to change any part to make it?

Why did you choose to change it?

What do you think of you completed bird feeder?

If you have already made you bird feeder then why not make some bird food to go in it. Here is a really simple recipe you can use to make bird food.

You will need:


Bird seed

A bowl and a spoon for mixing

Cutters (optional)

Leave your lard at room temperature for a few hours to soften it up. Once it is soft you can put it all into the bowl. Add a big scoop of bird seed and get mixing!

Add enough bird seed so it can be seen through the lard. Once mixed you can use your hands to roll it into balls or you can push it into your cutters. Poke a hole in the top with a straw or add in a stick and freeze for a few hours. 

Then all that’s left to do is add your string and hang them out for the birds!

We would love to see some photos of your creations and any birds that come visiting!


Design Challenge

Whilst we have been staying safe at home I have noticed lots of birds visiting my garden. I love to watch the birds but they don’t stay for very long, as I don’t have a bird feeder for them.

I would like them to come more often so I think I need a bird feeder to give them some seeds, but I don’t know what it should look like or be made of!

Here are some ideas of what bird feeders on the market look like already.

Can you design your own bird feeder?

When you design it think about…

What will it look like?
What materials you will we need to make it?
How will we stick the parts together? 
How should we hang it up? 
Which materials are best for use outdoors?

I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

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If you would like to make a bird feeder at home here are a couple of ways using things from around the house.









Look at this wonderful home learning. Your garden has some lucky birds!