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Weekend Box 1 – January 2014, Week 1 – Bird Feeder Activity

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder

For every month of 2014, the Preston family have decided to review one Weekend Box a month, containing 4 activities inside (completed weekly).

Welcome to January 2014’s Weekend Box!

What is the Weekend Box?

The Weekend Box (which also looks a bit like a Graze box, so it fits in your letterbox) is “Everything you need for an action-packed weekend – just add excitement!” (https://www.weekendboxclub.com/).


Each box contains 4 categories:

  1. Something to EAT (a healthy recipe with accompanying secret ingredient)
  2. Something to MAKE (a craft kit with all the materials required)
  3. Something GREEN (some seasonal seeds to plant or something to make with recycling/rubbish material),
  4. Something to EXPLORE (sensory exploration games, for example)

You can find an example of a Weekend Box on the website.

Who are they catered for?

Children ages 3 – 8 years old (and of course adults!)

Where can I order a box?

Follow the instructions on the website: https://www.weekendboxclub.com/

How much does it cost?

£7.50 per box, but you can try your first box for £5.00 (available to UK only). There’s no delivery charge.

Reviewers:

  • Mummy
  • Aron (3 years old)
  • Aidan (22 months old)

What activities do we have this month?

  1. Bird Feeder activity
  2. 3D glasses activity
  3. Sand explorer
  4. Potato boats

Bird Feeder Activity

Weekend Box Weekend Box back

We were very excited to receive our very first Weekend Box in the post. My first thought was that the Weekend Box looked exactly like my Graze boxes, so I was already intrigued to find out what was inside.

I loved the back of the box too because it warns you when you’re holding the box upside down.

The packaging was really inviting to Aron and Aidan, who loved the pictures of the animals on the front.

These animals are actually characters of the Weekend Box:

Meet the Gang!

  1. Wooster loves having fun and getting creative in the kitchen
  2. Hattie loves nothing better than getting her hands dirty in the garden
  3. Sammy loves to get creative
  4. Oswald prefers a nice warm perch in which to read his book

Weekend Box open

Aron was very excited to open the Weekend Box, so we could get started.

Weekend Box open

All the activities are colour coded into these cute little packets inside the Weekend Box, so it is clear which packet is for which activity. I found this to be a very clever and easy way to group the activities together with the boys, even though they wanted to open every packet the moment they saw them!

I asked Aron to pick his first activity and he chose the green packet – THE BIRD FEEDER ACTIVITY!

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity - Green Packet Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity - Items

The items we were given, along with our instruction sheet, were:

  1. Lollipop sticks
  2. PVA glue
  3. A piece of string
  4. Bird seed

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity - Lollipop sticks

Lay out your Sticks!

We took nine of the lolly sticks and lined them up next to each other (like toast soldiers)

Aidan helped by lining up the lollipop sticks ever so neatly!

Once the base was set up, we added some glue to two more sticks and stuck them on top of the base. This created a firm base for the bird feeder.

Create a Tower!

We layered up the base with the remaining lolly sticks, taking two sticks at a time and laying them on opposite sides of the square base. We alternated between sides until we had used up all the lolly sticks.

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity

Using the piece of string provided, we tied a little knot around the last two sticks before adding them to the base, so that we could hang the bird feeder up afterwards.

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity - Bird seed

Add the Bird Feed!

The Weekend Box provided us with quite a lot of bird feed, so we added half of the feed to the feeder, so that we had some more left for the birds for their next meal.

The instructions also offered some extra information on what bird seed is made up of, i.e. different seeds and grains mixed together. They also asked us to count how many different seeds and grains were in our mix. I tried to relay this to the boys, but they ended up just counting to ten every time (they are 3 years old and 22 months old after all!) and told me to get on with it (in not as many words!)

Onward then!

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity

Doesn’t our finished bird feeder look really cool!

Hang it up!

The final step was for Mummy to hang up the bird feeder in a good place for our feathered friends to gobble up the bird seed. As we live in a flat on the first floor, we resorted to hanging the bird feeder up on our balcony.

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity

It had started raining at that point and the wind knocked all the seed off the feeder. Oh well, at least we saved half of the bird feed, right? 😉

Well, later on that day, whilst we were bird watching for Robins, Sparrows and Black Birds, so we could check them off our list on the instruction sheet, the wind came and knocked the whole bird feeder off our balcony! No such luck watching any kind of bird feed off our feeder! The boys were unimpressed…

Nevertheless, we had completed our activity, thanks to some good teamwork and we all deserved a sticker, provided for us in a cute brown envelope.

Aron chose a sticker and added it to the activity sheet.

Weekend Box - Bird Feeder Activity - Complete

What did we like most about this activity?

Finding all the items inside the packet and building a bird feeder together.

What to watch out for:

As cool as the bird feeder looks, and as easy as it was for Aron to make (with a little help from Mummy and Aidan), the single string at the top of the feeder, unfortunately, didn’t provide much support for the feeder when hung up on our balcony, so a slight gust of wind kept knocking the bird seed onto the floor, and ultimately knocking the whole thing over the balcony! We didn’t get to bird watch this time, which was really disappointing for the boys because I had hyped up so much that we were going to see birds up close and personal, eating from our bird feeder.

Rating:

4 out of 5

This activity would have gotten a massive 5 out of 5 if it wasn’t for the unlucky result at the end. However, we had so much fun making it that we’ll probably find the ingredients ourselves and make a sturdier version next time. Or, maybe we’ll wait until we buy a house with a garden next time…

Have you completed the Bird Feeder activity yet? Send in your results please! 🙂

Leyla Preston (533 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/