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?
Stephanie Kay says
Fancy Nancy is also a favorite with my daughter. We’ve made a variety of birdfeeders through the years. They’re fun to make but for some reason the birds in our yard never cared for them. That hasn’t stopped us from trying! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.
This was our first try with bird feeders…. We’ll see if the birds eat it! 🙂
What a great activity!! We love Fancy Nancy as well in my house. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
You’ve got some lucky birds in your neighborhood that will get to eat these yummy treats! (Or some lucky squirrels…lol!)
With the amount of squirrels, the birds better be fast here! 🙂 (The dog is loving the smell of peanut butter, too….every time she goes out she stands by the tree and just looks up.)
The Natural Homeschool says
This looks like it was so much fun! 🙂 Thank you for linking up today!
I love simple activities like this one — and I know the birds appreciated it!
With as cold as it has been here, I think the kids would have fun indoors and the birds would enjoy their efforts! 🙂
I make these with my kids a few times a year. They are fun for kids to make and I love how they want to watch for birds to see after the pine cones have been placed outside.
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