Feed the Birds with Pine Cones

Remember the “Feed the Birds” song from the old Mary Poppins movie? That’s what is going through my head this morning as I made some yummy pine cones for the wild birds to feed on. This easy project is one our kids did when they were in elementary school. Gather up (or buy) some pine cones, peanut butter, string and bird seed and we’ll get started!

I suggest laying down some newspaper first to catch the mess that might be made by little hands. I used disposable paper bowls and plastic silverware to make clean up a little easier. Put some peanut butter in one bowl to avoid any chances of someone “double-dipping” back into the jar of peanut butter after their plastic knife has touched the pine cone.

Pour some bird seed into the second bowl.

Cut a piece of string for hanging the pine cone after you are finished. Wrap it around the pine cone, slipping it in the spaces so the string will be caught and the pine cone won’t fall off the string when you hang the pine cone outside.

Tie a knot and trim off any extra string on the knot end. Leave enough string on the other end for tying the pine cone to a tree branch.

Now comes the ooey-gooey part! Spread the peanut butter over the pine cone.

As you have probably guessed by now, roll the pine cone in the bird seed or use a spoon to scoop up the bird seed and pour over the pine cone.

Once the pine cone is covered with seeds, gently pat the seeds to help them stick to the pine cone.

Hang them in your favorite tree outside, hopefully in a place where you can watch the birds come and eat the seeds and peanut butter.

Great job! Thanks for doing what you can to help the wild birds survive the winter! And thanks for visiting my blog!

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