Tweet Cone Feeder
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A cool resource that begins its lifetime as a construction activity before becoming a long-term investment in caring for feathered friends!
The Tweet Cone Feeder arrives in a flat-pack, ready to be assembled (surely it's a necessary Practical Life skill in a world where so much of our furniture comes from Ikea!). There are only a few steps in the assembly process but it requires a lot of dexterity and precision! I recommend that activity for 6-12 year old children although a younger child could contribute to certain steps if an adult was provide direct, ongoing assistance.
Once assembled the cute little bird house has a base of around 9.5cm and a height of approximately 19cm.
The Tweet Cone Feeder is made of 100% recyclable polypropylene that's durable, weather-resistant and long-lasting. It is also extremely light-weight, making it easy for even very young children to hang or relocate the bird feeder.
The Tweet Cone Feeder can 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.