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Day 309: Giving is For the Birds

Giving is for the birds

Today’s give is a triple give. A give for the birds, a give for the planet and a lesson on giving for my son.

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Some of my favourite gives are the ones I do with my 3 year old son. Today’s give is so easy even a 3 year old can help. They will learn how to give and how to be green. Give of the Day: One bird bath made from reused items.

This give was recommended from a great twitter friend Marcia Bujold. Very appropriate a little Twitter bird was the catalysis to this give. Marcia suggested we make a bird bath to give back to the birds in the hot summer months.

Now before anyone heads to the comment section with cracks like “365give lives in the rainiest place in the world” (Vancouver, BC) it actually hasn’t rained in weeks. I also decided to take a little environmental twist on this bird bath. We made it from items around the house that we could reuse to make this special watering hole.

An Eco-friendly bird bathStep 1: Find a base

The base we used was an old log that had been cut down in our neighbourhood. I thought it may come in handy for some garden art one day and jackpot we are creating bird art!

Step 2: One Big Bowl!

Birds need to be able to splash a around and have a good cool down. This bowl used to be part of an indoor decorative water treatment we had in our house but was not being used at the moment. 

Step 3: Decorate

The design elements are where my son wanted to have a say in the matter. He wanted to add grass, dirt, lavender, flowers rocks – and yes some water. We ended up agreeing on a few rocks, one beautiful flower from our garden and some water. Giving for the Birds

Voilà! The birds get a new bath and the environment doesn’t suffer! Have you done a “give of the day” with your child? Share your ideas with us I still have 57 days to go!

I loved Marcia’s idea and happy to hear your giving ideas every day. Share your give of the day with 365give by leaving a comment or emailing changetheworld@365give.ca. I look forward to hearing your giving ideas big or small.

Time Commitment: 20 minutes

Cost: 0 all reused items

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