If you are looking for a fun way to keep the kiddos busy on a gloomy afternoon, just get them to make an easy bird feeder. This is a very easy project that you can even do with two or three year old children. It’s a great way to involve them with wildlife and your garden. They will enjoy watching the birds (and squirrels) enjoy their creation.
You will need only a few simple items.
- A pine cone or toilet paper roller (or both)
- Peanut butter
- Bird Seed
- Ribbon or twine (approximately two feet long or so)
- A spoon
- Some paper (to cover your counter or table)
- A paper plate (to put them on when you are done)
~~~~~Before you begin~~~~~
- Lay down parchment or wax paper
- Pour some birdseed into a good size bowl
- Give your child a spoonful of peanut butter to eat. It’s best to just get that out of the way, Trust me, this will save you the trouble of trying to keep them from eating it later when they have birdseed stuck to their fingers ;) A teaspoon full to lick will usually satisfy them.
- Start with tying a ribbon around the end of the pine cone or cardboard roller. Tie a knot so it won’t come untied and leave plenty of ribbon on each end to tie it to the bush or tree.
- Next use the spoon or fingers to cover the pine cone or roller with peanut butter. Make it thick enough to be able to hold plenty of birdseed. For
ounger children you may want to do this for them. Be warned that this can be a bit messy.
- Now it’s time to roll the roller or pine cone in a bowl filled with birdseed~ this is the fun part for the kids.
- Next lay them on a paper plate and you are ready to carry them out doors.
- Find a sturdy branch that can handle their weight. I find it best to hang it on one with other branches close by so the birds can perch and enjoy the delicious peanut butter and yummy birdseed. Be aware that squirrels love these as much as birds and will quickly devour most of it as well as knock it to the ground. The good news is they are fun to watch too. Have fun!!
~”You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” ~Franklin P. Jones