Every now and then I remember to do something crafty with the kids, just to feel virtuous once every few months and not too neglectful lol! This one is easy to do and good for nature too 🙂 I remember seeing this years ago on a children’s TV show – you need very few ingredients and the kids love it – good messy fun and caring for animals.
If you are allergic to peanuts this is not the activity for you as peanut butter is the main ingredient however you can use lard), or if you are adverse to mess or gooey sticky hands again steer clear from this one! 😉
What you will need:
Peanut Butter (or lard)
Wild Bird Seed (I got this from Bin Inn $3 for a big bag)
Plates, Scissors, Spoon
Chose a pinecone that has good openings in the body so you can smoosh lots of peanut butter amongst the gaps.
Tie a string securely around the stem of the pinecone – or if no stem – around the top openings.
Spread 1/2 to 1 cup of peanut butter onto a plate and half a cup to a cup of birdseed onto another plate, depending on how many you are making.
Roll the pinecone in the peanut butter, using your hands to smoosh the peanut butter in the openings.
Transfer the pinecone to the birdseed and roll around until completely covered in birdseed.
Then ask the kids to put their hands in the air, touch nothing and make their way to the bathroom for a full de-peanutbuttering of their hands! 😉
Find a suitable tree and securely tie the pinecone to the tree – choose somewhere the birds often like to come and ensure that you keep any cats away if you want the birds to survive their dinner!
Then sit back and watch! Depending on the season it may take some time for the birds to come but this is a lovely treat for them during Autumn and Winter.
Thanks for checking out this easy kids activity, let me know if you try it and see if you can get a photo of a bird having a snack – we will keep an eye out on ours for the next few days too.
Finally got a picture of a wee bird enjoying the pinecone – not clear but you get the idea! 🙂
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Love it, we’re totally going to do this. My boy loves watching the birds so if I can encourage them to congregate on the lawn I’m sure he’ll be very happy indeed!
(have just discovered your blog, looks awesome and just off to look at some of your delicious baking now!)
Thank you for stopping by! It is such a fun craft to do with the kids! 😀
I remember doing this when I was a little girl. They were so much fun. Thanks for bringing back great memories. Now all we have to do is go on a little nature walk to collect our supplies.
I also wanted to notify you that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award .. it’s really just a few questions to introduce yourself to the blogging community if any one of your platforms have under 200 followers. It’s just for fun and no actual award is going to be received. It’s an award of networking I suppose. Anyhow, I like your blog and thought .. hey, why not. You can find the details here http://momonthemoon.com/liebster-award
Our kids love watching the birds quietly out the window nibbling on the feeder. Thanks for the Liebster nomination, so kind. Will check it out! 🙂