This time of year, when it’s cold and barren outside, one thing that perks up any yard is the sight of a cardinal or a blue jay. And while, as a teenager, I was totally perplexed and uninterested by my Dad’s list of birds that he spotted in his yard, I and my girls have totally come to love watching the birds at our bird feeders. We also love keeping an eye out for the squirrels trying to raid them but that is a whole other activity that I’m starting to get concerned is encouraging violence and an irrational hatred of squirrels.
A few years ago, we started making our own birdfeeders with pinecones, peanut butter and birdseed. This craft is quick and easy for even the youngest of kids with a little help from Mom (or Dad).
- Collect your pinecones
- Tie a long piece of twine or yarn to one end
- Spread peanut butter (or other butter – almond, sunflower seed) all over the pinecones, taking care to get some in between the scales. This part can be difficult for little, little kids but they can sure try!
- Cover with bird seed. (I have found that sprinkling on the seeds and actually pushing them on to make sure it is really coated, works better than just rolling them in seeds.)
- Hang from tree branches
- Wait for birds (and squirrels)