This is not a new concept, but it is new for my child and that is what counts! We love seeing our Hummingbird friends and they do remind us that the sugar-water is getting low. For this activity, it takes just a smidge of time with your child and it is just right for the little hands to measure.
- A pot to hold at least 4 cups of water
- Distilled, or Spring Water
- 1 cup of raw sugar
- A measuring cup, be it a 1/2 cup, whole cup, or 1/3 cup
- Humming bird feeder
With those little hands, count out 1 cup of sugar and pour into the pot. If you are using a 1 cup measuring cup, then counting is easy. If you are using a 1/2 cup, then you are counting to two. If you are using a 1/3 cup, then you are counting to 3. This would be a great time to show your child how two half cups of sugar equal into 1 cup and how three 1/3 cups of sugar equal 1 cup too!
Now count out 4 cups of water and pour it into the pot as well. If you are using a 1 cup measuring cup, then count to 4. Using a 1/2 cup will have you counting to 8 and using a 1/3 cup will have them counting to 12. Then get a spoon to stir it up before putting this on the stove.
This is also a great time to tell your kids about the rules of the house with a stove. To make sure my little one can still pour and scoop, the pot is first placed on the table and then transferred over to the stove. Turn on the stove and let the mixture boil. Once it is boiling, turn it off right away and let cool.
For us, we make this in the mid-morning and it cools off completely after lunch to be able to pour into the humming-bird feeder.
Now you can enjoy the Hummingbird friends coming over to your yard and take notice of the sounds they make when they call each other, fight over the feeder, or the different colors and sizes of the Hummingbirds.
Something to Think About:
Purchasing sugar-water at the store can be expensive over time and it also contains a lot of additives that the Hummingbirds should not consume in the first place. This activity is much about being responsible to our animal visitors, as well as a mathematics lesson. Planting flowering plants in your yard, that do not contain any pesticides, are also a wonderful addition to your yard. There is plenty of measuring in that activity too!
Do not be surprised if you see a Woodpecker enjoying the sugar-water as well. It is really fascinating to see them hang on to it to drink the water 🙂 If you also encounter a lot of Bees drinking the Sugar Water, do not be surprised either. If this is a problem for you, then wait until the sun sets, or gets dark to remove the feeder, as Bees always go back to the hive at night.
The most important thought to keep with you, after reading this, is that you had a great time with your child that included mathematics and nature! Enjoy!