An apple bird feeder in a garden

How to make apple bird feeders

The October half-term is a great time to get kids outside in the fresh autumnal air and excited about nature. Making bird feeders is not only a great way to spend time as a family but also provides a reliable food source for your local birds and encourages them to visit your garden. 


The benefits of bird feeders 

  • They are a constant and reliable food source for birds, keeping them well-fed all year round – some birds eat up to 35% of their bodyweight every day so this is really important!
  • They help birds save energy foraging for food that they can use for other things.
  • They can encourage wider bird populations to grow.

What you will need:

  • An apple
  • An apple corer
  • Sunflower seeds
  • 3 thin sticks
  • String



  1. Ask an adult to help you remove the core with an apple corer.
  2. Push the sunflower seeds into the apple for the birds to eat.
  3. Make a perch for the birds by pushing a stick into either end of the bottom of the apple (it doesn’t have to be all the way through).
  4. With your last stick, tie the string around it, then push the string through the core of the apple to the top.
  5. You can now hang your apple from a tree using the string!


Download step-by-step instructions here:

How to make apple bird feeders

More nature activities for kids

Make sure to try out the other autumn nature activities for kids that we are sharing over October half term. From going fungi spotting on walks around the Forest to making spooky bat bookmarks, there are so many ways to entertain your kids while connecting with nature.