Check out our new Toilet Paper Birdfeeder my 3 year old made from ItsySparks!

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I’m smitten with the idea of the monthly subscriptions that are available to consumers.  For kids, most of these subscriptions offer craft ideas, with everything you need, right inside the box….and one of the companies who makes these boxes, ItsySparks, contacted me about doing a review of their ItsyKit for little ones. Our April kit included supplies for recycled bugs, decorating our own shopping bag, caterpillar planter and a toilet paper birdfeeder.

itsy sparks bug

Here’s what I love:

Kits come set to go.  It’s not just a box with a mish mosh of things, it’s a kit in a bag for each project included.  There are 3-4 projects in every single kit! Our kit even used parts of the box for projects- if that’s not being green, I don’t know what is!

All of the parts and pieces

Usually some pieces/parts left over

Fine motor, problem solving, exposure to various art mediums, and more

Ideas and suggestions to build off of the projects included in that month’s kit.

Science, math, language arts, social studies and more…through play.

Creativity, exploration and fun.


itsysparks reusable tote

Here’s what I don’t love:

Having to wait for the next box to come. (Patience is not my strong suit)

That’s it.  It’s a fair price, at $24.99 (Free Shipping) a fabulous idea for a gift (subscriptions come in different lengths of time),   A year membership can get expensive, but honestly, for parents with not a lot of storage space, not having to store 1000 tiny craft supplies will love this, and quite frankly most kids I know aren’t in need of any more “things” to keep in their house or room.  How much fun is getting mail when you are a kid- especially a package?

One thing I keep thinking about with these kits is how well they lend themselves to travel.  Even the birdfeeder we made- all of the parts came right in a ziploc bag, and I can quite easily imagine throwing that kit into a suitcase or bag for a fun activity to do at gramas, Aunt Sue’s, or somewhere else a family may be heading.  Everything needed comes in the kit so it’s simple to slip in and have a fun activity for just in case.  We will be joining a pool club this summer and I plan to keep a few of the project ideas in my bag for days when my older kids have tennis lessons and my little one doesn’t- she’ll be happy and busy, and we can have a little mommy-daughter time together.  That’s a win for all of us!

Visiting the ItsySparks site brings more tips and ideas, and the ItsyBits section has lots more suggestions for crafts and different ways to explore the 5 senses!

itsy sparks birdfeeder

Want to make your own Toilet Paper Birdfeeder?  This one is super easy- and, allergy free (uses honey instead of peanut butter)

What you need: 

Toilet Paper Roll

2 chopsticks (I think you could use bamboo skewers as well)

Birdseed on a paper plate.  2-3 T should be enough for a birdfeeder- there’s not an exact science to this project

2T honey (per roll used)

Stick, spoon, something to spread honey with

String  (12 inches or so)

What you do:

Spread newspaper for the mess (I can almost promise you that there will be a mess)

Poke 2 holes in the top of the TP roll for the string, and 4 small holes in the bottom of TP roll to push the chopsticks through (you want them as pictured above)

Spread honey all over the toilet paper roll

Roll the honey-covered TP roll into the birdseed on the plate, covering thoroughly.

Push chopsticks through the holes

Push string through holes at top of roll and tie at top

Hang your feeder and enjoy the bird watching!  We had a lot of Red Breasted Robins, Catbirds and Chickadees who have come to visit our little feeder.  Ours has held up really well and we’ve been able to re-do the honey/birdseed combo a few times on the same TP roll!

Thanks to ItsySparks for our membership! We love it!! Opinions are my own, as always. 

 

 

 

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  • This is cute. It seem fun and easy for the kids.

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  • What a cute idea! I had never thought of making a bird feeder from a toilet paper holder. Pam

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  • The boxes may be a bit much for my wallet, but the site does have great ideas…including this wonderful bird feeder. I love that it is completely “green!” Thanks!

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  • That’s cute. An age appropriate craft for the kids. Getting them started at a young age is cool. That would be nice for my grand kids.

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  • How cute is this! I will habe to do somrthing like this wiyh my grandson/
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  • How wonderful! I absolutely love that it has everything with it. No last minute trips to Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Which always happens with MY crafts! LOL

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  • Wow. Thank you. That is super exciting, we have so many birds around here and the kids watch them all the time. Especially red robins. This will be nice to try and attract some hungry birdies. Thanks.

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  • These are so cute – I used to make these while in Elementary school as class projects. Love it, so nostalgic!

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  • I can’t wait to try this birdhouse. It looks fun.

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  • I can’t wait to try this birdhouse. It looks fun.

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  • This is just the thing my grandson would enjoy making. As his grandma has lots of bird feeders outside her kitchen window where we watch the birds from. This is a unusual thing to make a bird feeder out of but it sure will serve its purpose for the birds . thanks for the great idea and instructions

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  • That looks so cool and so easy peasy!

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  • This is such a cute and wonderful Birdfeeder that your 3 year old made! I like bird feeders and this one looks like it is so easy to make.

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  • What a fun and creative way to get children acquainted with nature.

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  • That is SO CUTE! What a great idea to repurpose a TP roll!!!

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  • I love this birdfeeder! I’ve been trying to find an easy fun craft for my 3 year old and this will work great! Thanks!

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  • This is a great idea! Not only do children get to produce something useful with their own hands, they then get the fun of watching birds come to their garden.
    Anything that promotes parents and children taking an interest in wildlife gets my vote, but PLEASE don’t use honey when making a feeder like this. Although it’s quite safe for humans to eat, it can transmit diseases to the bees in your garden by attracting them, and they are in enough trouble as it is.

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    • Thanks Christina- I saw your note on Twitter but was out and not able to reply. I will send a note over to the company. We’ve used peanut butter in the past too.

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  • I am loving these new craft subscription services. I’ve checked out two companies and would recommend to anyone. This company sounds awesome as well. I think I’ll make this feeder with Zoe!

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