Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

Treats for the birds

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We almost didn’t do anything from my March list yesterday. I spent most of the day doing our taxes and just didn’t feel like I had it in me to pull together an art (or other) project. But in the afternoon, Maia and I were playing in the backyard and I noticed a bunch of pinecones near the fence and remembered the pinecone bird treat idea.

We’ve done this once before, at our friends’ home, when they had an after-Christmas tree decorating party (inspired by this book). They moved their tree to the yard and we decorated it for the birds with popcorn garlands and pinecone birdseed ornaments. I loved the idea! And I’ve been wanting to try the pinecone birdseed treats again.

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When I added these birdseed treats to the list, we were in the middle of a snowstorm and they seemed very appropriate. Less than a week later it’s warm enough to make these picnic-style in the backyard. Crazy North Carolina weather!

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First we spread peanut butter on the pinecones, then rolled them in the sunflower seeds. Actually, I ended up doing most of the spreading, while Maia’s spoonfulls of peanut butter always seemed to end up in her mouth. She liked the rolling-in-birdseed part though. I would have used one of those birdseed mixes with the smaller seeds as well, but we don’t have any at the moment.

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We tied yarn to the top of the pinecones and hung them in our dogwood. I hope the birds like them. I’m sure the squirrels will.

4 Comments

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    Jessica/Green Mamma
    March 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I have a feeling that my 2 year old is going to love this activity. We just collected pinecones to use inside for a painting project, but we ended up achieving a scratchy Pollock effect than a textury stamping effect. Anyway . . . rolling a pinecone in peanut butter and then covering it with seeds, what more fun could there be had (for this mom and her 2 year old!).

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    Ryan mami
    March 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    hello… came across your wonderful blog. Love your creative art projects for kids.
    Oh ya, the people over here eats sun flower seeds too besides feeding to the birds. :)

  • Reply
    Green Mamma Blog Archive Spring Fever
    March 20, 2009 at 4:53 am

    […] over at the Artful Parent (a must read for artsy parents and their kids), made pinecone bird feeders with her daughter […]

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    Green Mamma Blog Archive Pinecone Bird, er Squirrel, Feeders
    March 23, 2009 at 1:06 am

    […] leaves tracked across my floors. But anyway, we made our pinecone bird/squirrel feeders following the steps that Jean and her daughter Maia did, except we used our cement steps as a surface for spreading the […]

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