Here’s another origami foraging toy for you. This one is made of three “dishes” stacked on top of each other. The dishes themselves are easy to make, and are made up of three identical units. I found that the best size to make these units from is a square from an A6 piece of paper (quarter of A4). The easiest way to do it is make a square from an A4 piece of paper and divide it by four. You’ll need nine of these squares to make three dishes, but you could make even more and have a taller tower if your birds really enjoy this toy.
I’ve made my own pdf instructions for the Triangular Dish and tested it on Tom, who managed to make it with no help from me, so they should be understandable! If you have any questions about the instructions, please post a comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer them. Normal printer paper should be stiff enough to hold its shape easily, and I haven’t had any problems getting the dish to stay together, but if you are worried about it, use water and flour to form a glue to secure the paper together.
Next I cut some triangles out of a cardboard plate. Three of these triangles should fit nicely into the bottom of the dish, and the fourth should be a bit bigger so it can cover the top dish nicely. Now it’s best if there’s already a small hole at the bottom of your dish. If there’s not, you can either resize your folds a bit to form a hole, or you can just make a hole with a pen. Make another hole in the cardboard triangle too. This triangle will give the dish some stability. I chose to use leather to hang the dishes on. Knot the bottom and thread on the first dish. Put whatever you want inside, then thread on the next one and repeat with as many dishes as you want. Finish off with the triangle lid you cut out, and tie a loop at the top. If your bird doesn’t get the hang of this toy, make holes around the side of the dish to give them somewhere to start ripping into the paper.