We are huge bird nerds in our house! We love watching and feeding the birds. It’s my goal to get our yard certified as a wildlife habitat this year. Even my 5-year-old can identify several species of birds, including telling you if they are male or female! Makes me swoon with pride. Of course I want to include my child with disabilities too. He loves to mimic “tweet tweet” and he watches them, I can tell. So now with snow on the ground, we’re doing crafts that can work fine motor, sensory and tie in a bunch of talk about winter birds. This is a simple and inexpensive craft that can be done for Valentine’s Day or any time really, and I don’t think it looks babyish for older kids with special needs. You could even shape it into a pumpkin for fall or anything else creative.
I don’t know about you but my child can be totally hot and cold when it comes to some items and sensory. Like Cheerios…some days he refuses to touch them. Some days he refuses to eat them, but LOVES touching them, loves grabbing huge hands full of them and dropping them and sprinkling them everywhere. And some days he loves eating them so much I have to watch him closely because of his choke risk and overstuffing his mouth with them. This happens with all dry cereals.
O Shaped Cereal
Using the pipe cleaners, string the cereal from one end to the other, leaving a little space on each end to twist them together.
Once the pipe cleaner is full of cereal, twist the ends together in the shape of an O. Pull this section downwards into the circle.
Shape the pipe cleaner into the a heart.
Once the heart- shaped bird feeder is ready, hang it on a tree or bush for the birds to enjoy.