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I don’t know about your kids, but mine are fascinated by birds. They love asking questions about birds. What do they eat? How far can they fly? Where do they live? And most often, “Can I feed them?” Since my kiddos aren’t Disney princesses able to summon a flock of birds with a song, we make pine cone bird feeders.
Pine Cone bird feeders are perfect for children. Not only are no Disney powers required, they get to play in peanut butter! Who doesn’t love that?
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
- Paper or plastic plates
- Plastic knives or spoons
- Plastic dish or bowl
- Pine cones
- Peanut butter
- Bird seed
- Ribbon, twine or yarn
- Cut at least 12 inches of ribbon.
- Tie the ribbon around one end of the pine cones.
- Pour some bird seed into a serving dish.
- Place a heaping glob of peanut butter on each child’s plate.
- Have the child roll the pine cone in the peanut butter until the pine cone is well coated. Or use a plastic knife or spoon to get the peanut butter into the layers on the pine cone.
- Then roll the pine cone in the bird seed.
- Finally, hang your pine cone on a branch.
This project is fun for the whole family but can be messy. If you can, set up a table or bench outside to make these feeders. It will make clean up much easier. Alternatively, if you have to make your feeders inside, I recommend laying down some newspaper, plastic table cloth, or parchment paper to keep your table relatively clean.
While the kiddos originally made these for the birds they quickly learned that the squirrels would be eating them too. Now we make feeders as squirrel deterrents to our actual bird feeders. We hang them on the opposite side of the yard so that hopefully the squirrels prefer the easier meal then climbing up the deck poles.
Pine cone bird feeders are a fun project to add to your bird study or nature study for homeschool.
Do your kids enjoy making pine cone bird feeders or squirrel feeders?
Have a great day!
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