Eco Bird Feeder
Such a simple yet powerful idea! A tool to allow a child to care for animals while also promoting attitudes of recycling and reusing rather than wasting!
The Eco Bird Feeder is designed to contain clumps of rice. There is often leftover rice at the end of a meal and now instead of placing it in the bin that excess cooked rice can be redistributed to our feathered friends. A child can learn to carefully clump the rice into the Eco Bird Feeder.
The Eco Bird Feeder can also hold other food sources (not just rice!) due to the small spike on the interior of the hemisphere. Some fruits, such as small apples or apple segments, can be pushed onto this spike if the apple is too soft or aged for human tastes. Excess seeds and grains can also be clumped together with peanut butter or a peanut-free substitute (we recommend the latter due to the risk of allergic reactions to peanuts) and placed in the feeder.
The Eco Bird Feeder is an elegant, attractive design - a study in minimalism - and is quite small, fitting easily in the palms of your hands! So it will look beautiful even in a small garden (or hanging in a courtyard or from a hook on the roof of a balcony).
It also allows a child to experience the physical, emotional and social benefits of caring for animals. The Eco Feeder encourages both gross and fine motor movement and coordination when hanging or refilling. It also inspires the emotional and social benefits of allowing a child to feel empowered by caring for others. The element of reusing, instead of wasting, excess food is also a great lesson in sustainable living. It is a great starting point, or element of, an 'eco-friendly' foundation for a child.
So we know the Eco Bird Feeder will help to invite wild birds into your garden, but what are the benefits of welcoming these feathered friends? Well....
- Children are able to experience the positive benefits of caring for animals (responsibility, self-control, self-esteem, inspiring a love of nature and so forth) even if the parent/teacher is not ready or able to make a long-term commitment of a pet.
- The sensory experiences of hearing the sounds and marvelling at the sights of birds is relaxing and enjoyable for children and adults alike.
- Visiting birds can help to control pests and weeds in the garden as many will eat small insects or pick up weed seeds to munch on. This then helps to ensure that your gardening can be more successful, which is particularly positive for children who are carefully cultivating and eagerly anticipating the arrival of flowers, fruits, vegetables or herbs.
- The presence of wildlife provides opportunities for a child to learn about our native fauna. Children can begin to identify the birds by their appearance (or their distinctive calls) while learning the names of our unique and beautiful native birds.
- Bird-watching is enjoyed by many adults as a hobby, but for children it also offers particular benefits for the sense of vision. Our eyes are muscles and, like any muscle, they require exercise to become (and remain) strong. The act of trying to focus the eyes to spot a bird within a tree - and then trying to 'track' the bird as it flies - can be wonderful visual exercises for children. This is something that does not occur with caged pet birds, as they are close-up and unable to fly freely, so it is a unique benefit of wild birds entering the garden.
- The presence of wild birds in your garden increases the likelihood that they might nest nearby. This could result in the beautiful opportunity to watch baby birds hatch and grow.