Friday, December 9, 2011

A Gift For the Birds

"Spend time feeding and watching the birds"
-Teaching Your Children Joy

We haven't seen a lot of birds around our house lately.   Because of that, we started today's lesson by talking about the reasons why (the trees don't have any leaves or seeds, the worms are too far underground, etc).  We decided to make birdfeeders as a Christmas gift for the birds.  FINALLY, a nature activity that makes sense to be doing in December!

Holiday Bird Feeders
Here's what you'll need:
Christmas (or other) Cookie Cutters
Stale Bread (either let it set out a few days or, if you forget like I did, throw it in the toaster)
Peanut Butter & knife for spreading
Birdseed (That huge bag is only $3.00 at Walmart)
String and a Straw

To make your birdfeeders:
Spread peanut butter on your bread and accept right now that this is going to get messy.

Push your cookie cutter into the bread (It might take mom strength to get all the way through).

Use your knife to push the bread out of the cookie cutter.  Let the kids eat the outsides.
Then put your bread peanut butter side down in the bird seed.

Spread peanut butter on the other side of your bread. Then flip that side over into the seeds as well.

Use the straw to poke a hole through the top of your feeder and push a length of string through.

Tie a knot, set the feeder aside, and start all over again.

Hang your feeders and watch for the birds to come enjoy their Christmas feast! 

2 comments:

  1. haha! I love that you said "accept right now that this is going to be mess"! We have a lot of those projects and that's what I always tells myself :-) This is a great idea! I remember peanut butter and seed feeders from childhood. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I like that you did it as a present to the birds and used the shapes to cut it out. Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

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