Cold Weather Crafts Part III: Bird Houses

Lately, I’ve been feeling rather envious of friends and family who are better with their hands than I am. A friend of mine made beautiful knitted scarves for all of her friends last month. My partner can make a solar cell phone charger, for free, out of parts salvaged from junk yards. Over December break, my computer charger broke, and my brother was able to fix it, without even consulting the internet! I am surrounded by some seriously clever, skilled people — and I’m determined to keep up with them this year!

In my research on how to keep to this new year’s resolution, I came across the following workshop, which I would immediately attend if I were just a tiny bit younger. I definitely encourage you all to sign up, especially if you and your child would like to pick up some (light!) wood-working skills this weekend!

Make Your Own Birdhouse:

Join your local Home Depot this weekend for a free workshop on how to build a birdhouse! On Saturday, January 12 at 10 am, Home Depot will be offering this workshop at 4 downtown locations, including Gerrard Square, Leaside, Stockyards, and Caledonia. This workshop is intended for children ages 4 to 12; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Home Depot will provide the necessary materials, including hammer, paint, glue, and wood to build your bidrhouse free of charge.

For more details, and to RSVP, please visit the workshop page here.

Build a Birdhouse

And if this workshop sparks an interest with any budding ornithologists in the family, you can continue your weekend of birding fun by joining the 10th Annual Winter Bird Count in Rouge Park on Sunday! You can meet up with experienced team leaders in Rouge Park at 8am, or count birds in your own backyard! No experience is neccessary, but RSVP by January 9th if you’d like to join a Rouge park counting group. You can find more details here.

Happy crafting!

Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott is a 4th year student at UofT, double majoring in Health Studies and Biological Anthropology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in public health or medical anthropology, and she is especially interested in maternal and child health. She is pleased to join the Family Care Office as Workshop Coordinator and part-time "Intersections" contributor. When not at work or school, Nicole enjoys yoga, theater, getting lost in Toronto, and experimental vegan baking.

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