How to Build a Birdhouse With Your Kids

Looking for a fun weekend project that combines creativity, learning, and some quality time outdoors? Why not build a birdhouse with your kids? It’s the perfect way to teach them a little about woodworking and a lot about nature. Here’s a simple guide to get you started.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Cedar, pine, or fir board
  • Wood glue
  • Nails or screws
  • Saw, hammer, or screwdriver, drill with a 1 1/4 inch spade bit
  • Sandpaper

Step 1: Design and Cut

Decide on a simple box shape for your birdhouse with a sloping roof. Measure and cut your wood into the necessary pieces: front, back, sides, floor, and roof. Adults should handle the saw, but kids can help by holding the wood and measuring. Don’t forget to cut a small entrance hole in the front piece.

Step 2: Sand and Assemble

Smooth all edges with sandpaper to make them safe to handle. Then, glue and nail the sides, front, and back to the floor. Attach the roof last, making sure one side is removable for cleaning.

Step 3: Decorate and Install

Let the kids paint the birdhouse with waterproof paint, then find a quiet spot in your garden to hang it, preferably out of reach of predators and facing north to avoid direct sunlight.