Building a birdhouse (or a bird complex) is an excellent way to teach your child about the needs of nature, help them develop the basics of a great skill like woodworking, bond with your child-- and make life a little more pleasant for our backyard feathered friends.
If you don't have a backyard, this is a fantastic school, church or community project.
There are many "how to" guides you can find online. We like the resources the people at NestWatch have put together. The resources here are designed to first help you think about the specific needs of the birds in your area. Find out what makes a good birdhouse and learn which species you can attract to your area.
Birdwatching Bliss has a collection of free bird house plans for general and species-specific nest box plans for you to use to build your own birdhouses.
Enjoy the benefits of your birdhouse for many seasons to come. It will keep the birds—and your kids— coming back.