In the summer, birds typically have plenty to eat. However, in the fall and winter, food becomes more scarce for our feathered friends. Feeding the local birds can be a fun and easy task - both for toddlers with some assistance and for older, more independent children!
What you’ll need: Several pine cones, peanut butter* (as needed to smother the pine cones), mixed bird seed, a shallow bowl or plate, about 2 yards of string or twine, and scissors.
*Peanut butter can be substituted with other nut butters or honey.
1. Have your child search the yard or a park for a few pine cones.
2. Tie the ends of the pine cones to the string, leaving about six inches to a foot in between.
3. Find a good place to hang your pine cone treats (we settled on hanging ours between a tree and a fence post), and tie one end of the string in place. Hold the other side at a level that your child can reach the pine cones.
4. Have them spread peanut butter on each pine cone. This can be done with a spoon, cake decorating knife or other non-sharp spreader, or...their hands!
5. Cover each pine cone completely with bird seed. This can be done by dipping them into a bowl or rolling them over a plate.
6. Tie up the other side of the string to an adjacent tree or stationary object.
7. Watch the birds as they stop by and enjoy their yummy treat!