Feed The Birds in Your Backyard
Your kids will get a kick out of watching the birds in your backyard devour the treats they make. This is a great activity for winter.Published Nov 6, 2006 by jjmaughan
Last updated on Oct 15, 2007
Around our house, all the winter birds are starting to cluster at the bird feeder as if they aren't sure if we'll be providing for them all winter. We try to make our backyard a fun food court for the birds throughout the fall and winter by creating some cheap and effective bird food options for the different kinds of birds. We enjoy watching the different kinds of birds through our big dining room window throughout the chilly weather. Here are some of the things we do to provide for our feathered friends.
These are fun to make indoors or outdoors. Get some old bread slices (or the crust ends of a loaf of bread that my kids just won't eat) and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Let them dry and harden enough to spread with peanut butter. Cover the peanut buttered shapes with a birdseed mix and hang them outdoors on trees and bushes.
Take a simple old tray or pie tin, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the bottom and sprinkle birdseed on it. Place tray on an old stump, overturned flower pot or other flat surface.
We have an old fence board that has several nails hammered into it, two side by side. We slice an orange into thin wheels and slide them onto the nails. The birds sit on the other nail and peck away at the juicy snack.
This works great especially in the snow. We'll take black sunflower seeds outside and make a few footprints in the snow. Then, we sprinkle the footprints with the seeds. It looks like a strange creature stomped through the backyard. This is a fun thing for the kids to do when playing in the snow. We've also filled in a snow angel this way.
15 Minute Moment
Go through a toy catalog and mark the top 4 things your child wants for Christmas. Listen to them talk about why they want those items.
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