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Activity

Make Bird Feeders

What You'll Need

  • Pine Cone
  • Thin strong or thread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Birdseed
  • Small plastic bottle
  • Old pencil, ballpoint tube or stick
  • Drawing pin
  • Sharp, pointed knife (only use with a grown up’s help)
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 4 - 8
  • Outside
  • A Little Messy
Activity
What birds are in your area?
Probably more than you think...
Find out by building a restaurant
Where they can eat and drink!

Getting Started:

  • Tie some string to the bottom of a big pinecone. Smear the cone with peanut butter, roll it in birdseed, then hang it up.
  • Use a drawing pin carefully to make two holes on opposite sides near the base of a plastic bottle.
  • Twist a blunt pencil through the holes. Then, make two bigger holes above them.
  • Pour birdseed into the bottle and screw on the cap. Tie some string around the neck and hang it up.

The Pinecone Peckish-Pecker

  • Tie a piece of string around the bottom of a pinecone.
  • Sometimes there’s a little twig or stump which you can use, if not just tie it around the pine cone.
  • When you’ve done that, smear peanut butter all over the pinecone, into the cracks and gaps, then roll it in bird seed.
  • You’ll find the seed sticks to the peanut butter really well.
  • Now hang it up from a branch or outside a window.

Birdie’s Bottle Bistro – Instructions:

  • Using a drawing pin, pierce holes on either side of the plastic bottle, close to the base.
  • Now push the pencil/ballpoint/stick through this hole so you have a bird’s perch on either side.
  • Now – very carefully – cut a hole on either side, just above the perches. A small hole, just big enough to put your little finger through.
  • Now pour birdseed into the top of the bottle until it’s full and put the top on.
  • Finally, tie a piece of string around the neck of the bottle and hang it somewhere you’ll be able to see it when the birds feed.
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