Some friends and I get together on occasion and have play dates. Our children are all in the same age group (and mostly girls!). We sometimes let the kids just play, but most of the time we have an organized activity. My friend, The Carpenter’s Wife came up with a really great craft that was age appropriate for our kids. We made homemade bird feeders.
Little One was really into it. Like most three year olds, she loves getting her hands dirty and is fascinated by different textures.
- Peanut butter (because of nut allergies, my friend used lard instead)
- bird feed
- pine cones
- trays (for the kids to put their pine cones and feed on)
- scissors (to cut the twine)
- Cut a piece of twine long enough to tie around pine cone and have enough to tie onto a branch of a tree. I’m guessing about a foot.
- Tie one end of twine around the top of pine cone. I tied Little One’s about a quarter of the way down.
- Have the kids help mix the lard (use suet or peanut butter if you wish) with the millet and oats in a large bowl. This will be the sticky binding for the bird feeder.
- Let each child fill the lard/oat/millet mixture into the crevices of their pine cones. They should have the pine cone completely covered with a thick later of the sticky mixture.
- Now for the fun part! Let the kids roll their pine cones in bird feed!
We set the bird feeders aside and let the kids play outside. After lunch, the kids all needed their rest. They were all played out!
When we brought our bird feeders home, they were already firmed up and ready to hang on our birch tree in front of our house.
Fun, educational, and it kept the kids busy and happy!