Winter Bird Feeder Craft
As a homeschooling mom, I often try to think about my public school experience to think of crafts. I was in about 1st grade when we made pine cone bird feeders.
Its nice letting my kids play phone games on occasion, but more often than not, I try to get their brains involved, their hands dirty, and their hearts full of creativity. I do not come from a place of judgement but studies show that too much screen time is not good for developing brains. One helpful article was written by Health Matters, and does a very good job laying out the effects of too much screen time. Check it out, here!
Laying In Bed…Thinking
I laid in bed last night thinking about this bird feeder craft. I do not have pine cones. However, I save empty toilet paper rolls for all sorts of crafts. As I fell asleep, it was settled. I would use toilet paper rolls.
- Toilet Paper Roll (empty)
- Wild Bird Food
- Rubber Spatula
- Peanut butter
- Rimmed baking sheet
- Hole Punch
First, you want to punch two holes into the toilet paper roll.
Next, lay out a small sheet of foil in front of your child.
Hand them a rubber spatula, and have them paint the roll with peanut butter. Ask them to avoid the holes from the punch. Depending on their age, they may need more or less help. For reference, my 6 year old daughter was able to do it on her own. My 4 year old son needed a little help.
Once it is covered with peanut butter, add some bird seed to the baking sheet. Have your child roll it gently across the bird seed. It will stick to the peanut butter. Make sure it is covered well.
Now, this part I had to do. Tie string to each end of the holes. This will allow you to hang it on a tree.
Now, go ahead and hang it up on a tree outside. If you have dogs, I suggest you hang it up high enough so that they don’t go after the peanut butter.
After hanging this craft, you can use this as a nature study for the kids. This is not only great for homeschooling, but for any child that needs to engage their mind. Have them watch out the window, see what birds come out. Give your kids coloring supplies and paper and have them draw what sorts of birds enjoy the feeder. For older children, maybe ask them to discover what sorts of birds they are looking at. Ask them to do some research and come back to you with 5 facts about that particular bird.
If you are looking for ways to engage their brains this Holiday season, check out this Christmas book tradition, here.