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Feed the Birds

Materials:

  • Pine cone

  • Peanut Butter

  • Bird seed

  • Twine or string

  • Wax paper

  • Scissors

  • Butter knife

  • Plate or shallow bowl

  • Ruler

What to do:

1. Gather materials.

2. Place a sheet of wax paper (about a foot long) on a flat workspace, like a table or a desk.

3. Cut a piece of string or twine about three feet long. Tie one end of the string around the top of the pine cone.

4. Using a butter knife (under an adultís supervision) spread peanut butter on the pine cone. Be sure to cover all sides of the pine cone.

5. Pour bird seed into a plate or shallow bowl. Roll the pine cone in the bird seed, making sure as much seed sticks to the pine cone as possible. Different birds eat different types of bird seed. Talk to someone at a local pet store or garden center about what types of bird seed the birds in your area enjoy the most!

6. Put your pine cone feeder (on the piece of wax paper) in the freezer for about an hour so that the seeds set into the peanut butter.

7. Clean up, and put all unused materials away!

8. Take your pine cone feeder outside and tie the free end of the string or twine to a tree branch or balcony railing. Make sure you can see the feeder from your window so you can see the birds that come to snack on this yummy treat.

9. Check out a book on local bird watching from your library. Can you identify the birds that come to the feeder? Do different birds come at different times of the day or different seasons of the year?

10. When it looks like the birds have eaten most of the seed from the pine cone, make another pine cone feeder!


Note: This feeder works best during the cooler times of the year. In hot temperatures, the peanut butter may melt, making a sticky mess. Luckily, during the warmer months, itís easier for birds to find seeds on their own. Share It

 

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