I have made these simple little bird feeders with several groups of children. They are easy and fun for every small child (and they keep the used coffee cups out of landfills). The directions: take a small 4" cup and cut a circular hole about 1 1/2" in diameter in the middle of one side (Starbucks cups work really well because of their circular logo but any cup with a lid will do). An adult should cut around the hole of the circle about half way down but leave the bottom half still connected. At this point your child can decide if he or she wants a bird feeder with seeds or a hummingbird feeder with nectar. Turn the lip out for a small bird to perch on for a seed feeder or turn it in for a hummingbird feeder. Paint the cup red to attract the birds (birds, particularly hummingbirds are drawn to red) and decorate it with colorful stickers. Next cut a second hole in the cup lid across from the hole for the straw which is already there. Thread a pipe cleaner or heavy string through the two holes and tape the excess to the bottom of the cup lid. Put the lid on your cup, fill with food and you are all set!
A hint to keep ants and other unwanted visitors away: put cooking oil on the pipe cleaners or string to make it slippery and hard to reach your bird feeder. Then put your feeders in an easy to see but somewhat protected area for only your birds to enjoy.