Explore the trees with a birdsong maker

Show kids the importance of trees and all the animals that live there. Help them create a birdsong maker to explore this important microhabitat.

What you’ll need:
• Empty paper towel or toilet paper tube
• Scissors
• Wax paper
• Rubber band
• Craft supplies for decorating


• Birds are attracted to different types of sounds and songs, so see if the birdsong maker brings fliers to nearby trees. Try saying the word “pish” (rhymes with “fish”)—drawn out like “piiiiiiish”—which tends to attract songbirds. Other words like “chit,” “whit,” and “coo” might work as well. You can even try making kissing sounds through the birdsong maker!

Read This Next

Train your kids to be wildlife detectives
How foraging for food can bring kids closer to nature
14 camping hacks for families