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Before COVID-19 disrupted our routines and daily plans, Afford staff were incorporating engaging, imaginative and fun activities for clients of all abilities to enjoy.

Now, as we face our ‘new normal’, staff in Afford Day Programs across the country are stepping up even more to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to try something new, learn about the world and get involved in activities that they truly love.

Blacktown Day Program clients decided to use their fine motor skills and imaginations to create bird feeders to encourage native birds to visit their garden.

With support from lifestyle assistants on-site, Jasmin and Ryan cut up cardboard containers so that they were suitable for small birds to sit on and access the seeds.

The group then painted the cardboard with honey. Then, they stuck bird seeds all around the outside and inside edges. Hey presto – the bird feeders are complete!

The feeding boxes now sit high above the ground, to avoid any naughty predators getting near birds that visit.

Make: Do you want to make a feeder for native birdlife? Check out the supplies you’ll need and instructions at Homes to Love for your very own Bird Seed Bell.

What you’ll need:

  • Small terracotta pots (to use as a mould)
  • Florist wire
  • Eggs
  • Wild bird seed mix
  • Oven bags or baking paper
  • Ribbon or string

Get full instructions here from Homes to Love.

Watch: Make Your Own Bird Seed Ornaments thanks to Family Garden Life.