Simple Service: Help Birds Make Their Nests- Make a Nesting Whisk!

Simple Service: Help Birds Make Their Nests- Make a Nesting Whisk!

We have definitely made our fair share of birdhouses and feeders. Both projects are super fun and helpful for the bird community. However, my son and I were super intrigued when we read an article about providing nesting materials for our feathered friends. Some birds nest early, some late, and some make more than one nest each season. Offering nesting materials from early spring through summer helps the birds make their nests.

1. Fill the head of any type of kitchen whisk with a variety of safe for bird materials from nature, such as moss, dried grass, pine needles, twigs and hay. (Do not use dryer lint it may contain harmful residues from detergents/fabric)

2. Hang the whisk by the handle from a tree. 

3. Bird watch! Birds will see that your yard has materials they can use to nest and will quickly become a frequent visitor.

This fun project is a real service to our birds and environment. We need birds to eat insects, move seeds and pollen around, transfer nutrients from sea to land and more!

Simple Service: Gnome Your Neighbor!

Simple Service: Gnome Your Neighbor!

I am always looking for Random Acts of Kindness ideas. I remember when I first taught my son, who was 3 years old, what a Random Act of Kindness is. Our first act was giving out balloons in a park. At first he wasn't sure he wanted to share the balloons. As soon as he saw me give a balloon away and the happiness it brought to that person, he tried it out! Ever since, he loves to help come up with acts of kindness ideas!

Looking for a new idea, we were excited to find The Gnome on the Roam! The idea is to spread happiness by leaving these sweet little paper gnomes where others can find them! 

It is free to sign up for the Gnome Your Neighbor Challenge! 

1. Visit the website to sign up and Gustav the Gnome will be sent right to your email to print out.

2. Print out copies and color! Both my sons loved coloring the little Gnomes. 

3. Cut out the Gnomes. We decided to tape the Gnomes to sticks to make them look like they are standing.

4. Add a message of Kindness on the back. If you want to follow other families that participate; their is a Facebook group you can join.

5. Hide your gnomes! We chose to hide ours at a park with forest trails.

We hope you have as much fun as we did with this magical activity! It sure brought smiles to our faces. I hope we were able to spread the cheer!