Hummingbird Sweet Treats

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As wildflowers bloom for a colorful Colorado summer, hummingbirds are busy buzzing around in nature searching for a flower they can perch on and taste its sweet nectar!  Here is a craft to help attract these tiny little birds to the place that you live and give them a homemade sweet treat to sip on!

 

 

 

What You Need

 
  1. An empty plastic water bottle
  2. One straw
  3. One piece of string
  4. Permanent markers or other decorating materials
  5. A small piece of brightly colored poster board or plastic (red will work best)
  6. A small piece of sticky tack
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What You Do  
Wash out the plastic bottle and remove any labels.  

Decorate the outside of the plastic bottle using permanent markers, glitter glue, stickers, or anything else you can find.

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Get an adult to help you cut a small hole in the plastic bottle about 1 inch from the bottom.

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Cut about 1/3 of the straw off and keep the other 2/3 of the straw.

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Push the straw through the hole.

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Fill the bottle with water.  While holding the bottle over the sink, move the straw around until water fills up the straw without spilling out.

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Empty the water and use sticky tack to secure the straw in place and plug the hole around the straw.

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Cut a flower shape out of poster board or plastic and poke a hole in the center.

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Slide the shape around the straw.  This brightly colored shape is to attract the hummingbirds and trick them into thinking your feeder is a flower!

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Put the cap on and tie a string around the cap.  Use this string to hang your hummingbird feeder somewhere outside in a yard, right outside your window, or on a porch.

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Now that you have made your hummingbird feeder, you need to fill it with a special treat that hummingbirds love…sugar water!  Hummingbirds like different foods than other birds.  They don’t eat seeds, but instead drink the sweet nectar from inside flowers.  This sugar water mixture is similar to the nectar found in flowers, and will attract hummingbirds right to home!

What you do for the sugar water solution:

(You may need an adult to help you with all of this!)

Mix ½ cup of sugar with 1 cup of hot water.

Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.

Add 1 cup of cold water to the mixture.

Unscrew the cap on your humming bird feeder and carefully pour in the mixture.

Note:  Sugar water does spoil, especially in the summer heat, so make sure to change out the mixture every few days, scrubbing out the feeder before refilling it.  You can store extra sugar water mixture in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Did you know…

Hummingbirds can fly forward, backwards and sideways, and can hover in mid air?

Did you know…

Hummingbirds’ wings beat 20-80 times per second? 

Did you know…

Hummingbirds weigh 1/10th of an ounce?—That’s about the weight of a penny!

Did you know…

Hummingbirds have such underdeveloped legs that they are unable to walk?


mary-01.jpgCrusher's Crafts are created by SPREE staffer Mary Palumbo.  Each month Mary comes up with a new craft that can be made from household items and found objects from just outside your front door.

 

Look on the left column for a complete list of all the crafts!