One of our favorite things about our house is our backyard. Especially now that the weather is starting to cool off, and the mosquitos are retreating for the season, we spend the majority of our time out there.
The yard is lined with trees, which in turn brings a lot of different birds to our yard, which brings a certain 2 year old a lot of entertainment. She loves to try to “get them,” and always seems disappointment when they “flew away” before she is able to get to them.
We have started learning some of the different types of birds, and it has made me see them in a whole new way. It is such a beautiful thing to see nature through a child’s eyes. To see the different types and wonder what makes them different. Wonder why they are colored the way they are. Wonder why they are the way they are.
Since Shiloh is now at the age where she can actually help and participate in activities, I decided that it would be fun to make our feathered friends little bird feeders to thank them for the entertainment that they provide us. We decided to go with something super simple, and something made out of things you could almost always find lying around the house.
Sometimes just getting out and making something with your hands feels really good, and no matter how basic it is, it is something to be proud of. I think teaching our children from a young age how important it is to make things that we are proud of is so vital in their self-worth and confidence as adults. So today, we are starting that with pinecone bird feeders.
Pinecone Bird Feeder:
- Peanut Butter
- Bird Seed
- Tie your string in a loop around the top of the pinecone
- Generously coat the pinecone in peanut butter
- Roll the covered pinecone in the bird seed (pack it so that it is on tightly)
- Hang it in a tree and wait for the birds to come!
What are some of your favorite simple activities to do with your little ones?