Looking for a summer boredom buster for your toddler or preschooler? This little birdhouse project actually kept my kids occupied for more than 60 seconds AND it gave us a cute little keepsake for the backyard. Win, win! This simple craft involves almost no prep time and is a great project for all ages, especially the toddler group!
A few weeks ago we traveled up to North Carolina to visit my parents. Trips to Grandma & Grandpa’s house are extra special for the kids because they get to see their sweet cousin, too! I thought it would be fun to get all 3 of the kids involved with a hands-on art project that we could do outside together. With summer finally here, I decided on this cute little birdhouse craft. It was a gorgeous evening, so we brought a table out on the patio, and the kids immediately got to work painting their birdhouses.
Acrylic Paint + Brushes
Outdoor Sealer (preferably a clear, matte spray safe for wood)
Mounting Hardware (if your birdhouse does not come with it already)
Alternatively, you could also purchase a wooden birdhouse “kit” for kids, which should come with everything you need for this project (minus the sealer). But after venturing out to 3 different stores with no luck finding any kits in stock, I ended up finding these little wooden birdhouses in the craft section of my local Walmart. The best part about these was that they were already put together, so no assembly required. Another win!
Oh, and don’t mind the pj’s. We did this project in the evening after the kids had been running around at the park all day. This was our “wind down before bedtime” activity!
After the kids were finished painting, we let the birdhouses dry overnight, and then sealed them with a clear outdoor sealer.
Once everything is totally dry, you’re ready to hang. Since the birdhouses I purchased didn’t come with any hanging hardware, we used screw eye hooks and fishing line to hang them. I had my handy husband help me with this part. It only took him a minute or so for this final step, and so far, the birdhouses have held up just perfect.
Having just planted a new tree in our backyard, this project was even more special for the kids because they got to see their painted birdhouses hanging from the tree that we picked out and planted together as a family.
Have you painted birdhouses with your little ones? What’s your favorite outdoor summer art project?