Brrrr…. it’s cold out! This week’s #LittleLionChallenge doubles as a keep ’em busy activity for wintry days: an ice cube bird feeder. A great way to help pay it forward is to help feed the birds when the temps are frigid.

Added bonus? Talk to your kids about helping others and give them a science lesson. This craft is the perfect opportunity to talk about states of matter. Create the bird feeder in a muffin tin using dried fruit, bird seed and water. Frozen temperatures then freeze the water and turn it into a solid. Teachable science moment.

What You’ll Need

  • Water
  • Bird Seed
  • Dried Fruit/Nuts
  • Dried Apple Rings
  • Twine/String
  • Muffin Tin

How to Make an Ice Cube Bird Feeder


This is a super simple craft! Start by tying a string around your apple rings. These will anchor your bird feeder and allow you to hang them easily.

How to Make an Ice Cube Bird Feeder #LittleLionChallenge

Fill each muffin mold with bird seed and dried fruit. Place an apple slice on top (be careful to place the string so that you don’t accidentally connect your ice cube feeders). Fill with water until 3/4 of the way full.

How to Make an Ice Cube Bird Feeder #LittleLionChallenge

Freeze! Place them outside or in your freezer.

To slip your ice cubes out of the mold, just run a little hot water over the back of the muffin tin. They’ll pop right out.

How to Make an Ice Cube Bird Feeder #LittleLionChallenge

Hang and let the birds enjoy!


Looking for other ways to #PayItForward and make a little roar? Check out 100 Ways to Rock the Little Lion Challenge.