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Winter Activities for Kids: Pine Cone Bird Feeder


We love watching birds out of our kitchen window. The other day at breakfast, we all stopped eating to figure out which bird was perched on the tree outside. My oldest daughter grabbed her Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds while my other daughter ran to get the binoculars. My job was to watch the bird to make sure it didn’t go anywhere. Luckily, it didn’t move before my daughters got back with our bird watching tools because I’m not sure how I was supposed to keep the bird from flying away!

After close inspection with the binoculars and confirmation with our trusty Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds, we determined it was a hawk. We had a lot of fun and didn’t care that our cereal was soggy.

So we decided to make a pine cone bird feeder to attract more birds to our backyard. This by far is one of the easiest winter activities for kids I’ve ever done!


Here’s What You Need to Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder:

  • Pine cone
  • String
  • Butter knife
  • Peanut butter
  • Shallow plastic container
  • Oats or birdseed

Here’s How You Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder:

1. Tie the string to the top of the pine cone so you can hang it to a tree outside.

(I’ve learned from experience that it’s best to tie the string on before spreading peanut butter on the pine cone!)

2. Spread peanut butter around the pine cone.

3 . Roll the peanut butter covered pine cone in a shallow container full of oats or birdseed.

After you hang your pine cone bird feeder on a tree outside, grab your binoculars and bird book and enjoy the parade of birds outside your window!

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