Last week I shared our Spring Family Bucket List and one of the things on the list is to make bird feeders. Since today is President's Day and Henry is home from kindergarten, I thought it would be the perfect craft to keep them busy. I know Henry and Matilda will either destroy the house or bicker all day if they don't have things to do. We had a four day weekend and they have spent just a little too much time together... Most of the time they are best friends, I swear!
Back to our project!
This didn't take long but they were definitely entertained and excited. They are actually peeking out the window right now hoping the birds have discovered their feeders. I think this is a great project to get kids interested in the outdoors (that's a huge passion of ours). I'm going to take advantage of their excitement and do a bird nature study with them today. We will learn about beaks, nests, prey, and I'll come up with a literacy and math project as well.
What you'll need
- 1 lb wild bird seed
- 2 large pine cones
- 1 cup no salt or sugar added peanut butter (we used natural almond butter)
- String or twine
How to assemble
- Set up a table with a shallow dish filled with bird seed. Melt the nut butter so it's warm and spreadable and place in a dish with two age appropriate utensils for spreading. My kids are 6 and 4 years old so they used butter knives (actually, they ended up using their fingers).
- Cut two pieces of string and tie around the top of the pine cones. If your child is old enough to do this step, encourage them to cut and tie the string around the pine cone themselves.
- Let the kids spread the nut butter over the pine cones. Help them spread it over each scale if needed.
- After they have finished coating the pine cone with nut butter, have them roll the pine cones in the bird seed.
- Now that the pine cones are covered in bird seed, they are ready to hang outside. Hang them from a tree limb or on your patio or from your fence. We hung ours from our patio pergola near trees where we see a lot of birds.
- This is the hard part! Sometimes you'll get birds right away other times it takes a few hours. Be patient and wait for the birds to discover their delicious treats!