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.