With the snow falling outside, I was looking for something fun for the kids and I to do together. As we watched a huge flock of birds land on a tree in our backyard, my daughter got excited and ran to get her copy of Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire! “Let’s make bird feeders!”
So I gathered our materials together: a few of the pine cones we collected during one of our walks this past fall, peanut butter (I put a few spoonfuls in a bowl ahead of times so we wouldn’t contaminate the jar), some pipe cleaners, and, of course, some birdseed.
Then we got crafting, following the directions in that favored book. (We LOVE Fancy Nancy books!)
Each of them carefully spread a thin layer of peanut butter on their pine cone. (I had to show them what a thin layer versus a glob looked like.) I loved watching my daughter slide the table knife into each groove, making sure she really had it coated — great fine motor skills practice!)
Then they rolled the pine cones in the shallow bowl of birdseed, gently pressing down as they went.
Once the pine cone was covered in birdseed, we wrapped a pipe cleaner around one end and headed out to hang them on a few trees in the backyard.
Have you ever made pine cone bird feeders with the kids?