“Bird,” or her version of it, was one of her first words and her face lights up whenever she sees or hears one.
We encounter many birds on our walks and hikes but I thought, why not bring them a little closer to home without actually having to take care of a pet bird.
So I decided to get a bird feeder for our backyard. We took Livi to Home Depot and bought a feeder, some food, and a two arm yard pole.
I wanted to hang the bird feeder close enough so that Livi could actually watch the birds but not too close so that we wouldn’t scare them away. The closest tree was too far away and so I decided on getting a yard pole that we could put on our lawn.
While we were getting everything ready, we showed Livi the bird food and how the birds would get it out of the feeder so that she knew how everything worked.
When we got up the next morning, I reminded Livi of the bird feeder and that we should go see if any birds had found it. She couldn’t get to the window fast enough. And low and behold, there were all kinds of birds in our backyard. It was a lot of fun to watch even for me.
Now, the first thing Livi does every morning is run to to the window and look for birds. And often throughout the day, we sit in front of the window and watch the birds.
Aside from keeping her occupied for a few minutes every time, Livi is also learning about birds. You could almost say, it is our first little science experiment.
The only downside is those birds make quite a mess that needs to be cleaned up every now and then. It really is not a big deal in a backyard or garden, but I am not sure how well it would work with a balcony or patio.
Hit Or Miss: The bird feeder is an absolute hit with Livi and an inexpensive way to teach her about animals.