Not So Lazy Days: Housing the birds

Arts & Crafts

The boys love birds, so they have painted a few birdhouses in their short lives. They don't really need another one.

That's why they agreed to team up and paint one birdhouse as gift to their grandfather.


  • wooden birdhouse (ours was $4.99, but got it for $2.99 with a coupon at the craft store)
  • outdoor paint (we had a supply on hand, obviously, but the paint is just over $2 at the craft store)
  • other wooden adornments (optional and under $1... ours was 29 cents) and glue

I quickly figured out what teamwork means to the boys. The oldest picked out a birdhouse that resembled his grandfather's house. The little one picked out a bear to decorate the roof.

The oldest decided he would paint the house as the little one decided he would take care of the bear, and their parts would merge to one when dry.

Usually the boys go for multi-colored houses, with each side being a different color, but today, the oldest painted the entire house red. Fire Engine Red. Of course, with his painting technique, it looked a little more like Horror Movie Red.

The little one painted his bear yellow. After admiring what was probably his best paint job yet, he decided the bear needed blue polka dots.

The boys painted the project outside in the grass, so I just moved the two pieces to the table to dry as they played a little. Once drying was finished, I found the wood glue in the tool box and helped the boys glue their two pieces together.

The boys are very proud of their creation and teamwork, and cannot wait to present their gift.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I bet the birds will love it as much as the grandfather! Teamwork builds families. Beautiful picture and a wonderful activity that you can check off your list! Nice Hub. Voting Up!


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Samantha Sinclair 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

That was fast! Thanks!

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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

What a charming birdhouse! As a grandparent, I know that it will bring smile after smile to their grandfather's face, every time he sees it!

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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

I bet Grandpa LOVED it! What a nice idea! Good hub! Voted up and interesting!

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Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

I have almost tow white and grey pigeons, but I have not seriously considered to construct houses for them. (Actually, they live under the roof of my house. Perhaps, now I'll consider about colorful houses.

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Samantha Sinclair 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, everyone!

@Binaya-- even the nature center nearby has colorful bird houses along the trails! Since they are used to living under your roof, you may want to place the houses nearby (maybe hang them off the edge of your roof) to make the birds more comfortable with the houses.

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