You've probably noticed birds using fountains in the park to take a bath. Why not make a birdbath of your own to invite the birds to your yard? You can make a unique tub for the birds. Then watch as they come by to splish and splash!
YOU WILL NEED
• 3 terra-cotta planters of various sizes
• 1 flower pot saucer that is a few inches larger in circumference than the smallest flower pot
• Acrylic paint
• Heavy-duty outdoor glue
WHAT TO DO
STEP 1: Gather up some terra-cotta pots and saucers. Try turning one upside down and then stack one right side up on top of it. Then place a large saucer on top of the highest pot, or turn three different-size pots upside down and stack them in descending order. Then place a large saucer on top.
STEP 2: Once you have decided on a shape for your birdbath, it’s time to start painting! Spray paint or any other outdoor paint will work. Ask an adult for help. Choose a variety of colors. Try using a small paintbrush to add some designs to make your birdbath unique!
STEP 3: Once the pots and saucers are dry, have an adult use outdoor permanent glue to attach the pieces and form the design you choose.
STEP 4: Once the glue is dry, fill up your birdbath with water! Remember the water in the shallow saucer will evaporate quickly. Keep it filled so the birds can swoop in to freshen up!
Photographs by Lori Epstein, NG Staff
Text adapted from the National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide by Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer