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bird feeders in the trees

Bird hoop and loop feeders

A quick and easy activity to make bird feeders. They are fun to make, they look great, and the birds love them.

Hoop and Loop is a simple fun activity that can be used by people of different ages and abilities, in groups or individually. It requires little set up time and preparation. This activity invites participants to create a bird feeder that they can then take home which is a great way of extending the experience of an outdoor visit. By using a breakfast cereal for this activity you can open up discussions about how cereals go from field to plate. Requires some dexterity and hand eye coordination.

You will need

  • Hoop/loop cereal such as Cheerios
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tray or container for the cereal hoops


Pour out a pile of hoops onto some flat trays or boards and place a pile of pipe cleaners in the middle. Participants can thread hoops onto the pipe cleaners and then make any shape they desire. Try twisting pipe cleaners together to create larger structures. Once finished they can be hung on trees and used as bird feeders.

Close up of hoop bird feeders

Looking to extend the activity?

Cereal hoops tend to be made out of different Try talking about different types of grain that can be made into breakfast cereals. What else can they be made into? Can you find any objects in your cupboard that are made from grains on a farm?

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