During the cold winter months upstate NY, where I spend weekends with my family, when the land is covered in snow it can be extremely difficult for ground birds to find food. If the snow lasts a long time, birds can die. Also, insect abundance decreases during the winter so birds that rely on this as a source of food may also struggle.
As most of you know, I am very mindful of the Earth and OUR Animals and it saddens be deeply to know that any living creature may be suffering. This is a great way to help the little birdies to keep flying in your yard, and for them to have nourishment through the colder months. After all, the sounds of birds chirping is a beautiful thing!
Last year, at one of Miles Storm’s story time and craft groups at the Rhinebeck Starr Library, the activity was how to make a pine-one peanut-butter bird feeder. I had never heard of such a thing, which is apparently a very popular nature craft in these parts. They are very simple to make, very messy (I suggest making them outdoors), and a lot of fun for little ones.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Peanut Butter
- Pine Cone
- Bird Seed
- Gather some pine cones that have fallen from the trees
- Spoon peanut butter into the crevices of the pine cone until completely covered
- Roll generously in bird seed
- Tie string to top of pine cone
- Hang in tree, preferably near a window so you and your Little One can watch the birds when they come to feed
Here is a little fun video that we shot while making our pine cones. Enjoy!