If you’re looking for a fun and easy craft for kids, why not have them make a homemade pine cone bird feeder? The natural ingredients are good snack foods for us, but will also attract birds (and maybe even squirrels!). All you need is a few pine cones, peanut butter, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds.
Simply have the kids spread peanut butter liberally onto a pine cone and then gently press sunflower seeds and cranberries so that they stick well to the peanut butter coating. There’s no wrong way to do this part and the more ingredients the better! Maybe if it’s warm enough, do this part outside on a deck so there’s no mess in the house. Once finished, carefully tie a piece of twine to the top of the pine cone and let the kids pick out a branch to tie and hang their feeder on.
Kids will have fun checking back to see if there are any visitors on the feeder and how much of the snacks have been eaten. If you decide to try this out, let me know how it goes!
Project Resource: Better Homes & Garden Magazines, August 2010