Pine Cone Bird Feeders

November 20th, 2009 by Dionna | 4 Comments
Posted in Children, Eclectic Learning, Ecological Responsibility and Love of Nature, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family, natural parenting, Preschoolers, Toddlers

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My friend Sarah had a great idea for our most recent Monday Funday activity: pine cone bird feeders.


Here are the incredibly easy steps that you and your toddler/preschooler/any age child can do together:

Go on a nature walk and find some pine cones

Come home and spread peanut butter all over the pine cones

Roll the peanut buttery pine cones in bird seed

Tie some twine to the pine cone

Tie the pine cone to a tree branch

Watch the birds enjoy their delicious treat

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My easily sensory-overloaded child couldn’t get past the peanut butter – as soon as he got some on his fingers he was out of commission. He didn’t want to roll the pine cone in seeds, he wanted me to get the peanut butter off of his fingers. But he did enjoy hanging the pine cones up Tuesday morning – we woke up to the first snow of the year. Kieran took one look and said “play snow!”

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Snow ice cream!

4 Responses to:
"Pine Cone Bird Feeders"

  1. Tracy

    We make these every year and hang them out on the trees to celebrate solstice!

  2. I think tying the twine to the pine cone before doing the peanut butter and bird seed could be a good idea. :) I guess you’re all peanut buttery at that point anyway, though.

    You guys look adorable! Some of my students asked me about snow. I’ll have to show them these pictures to entice them to come to the States to ‘play snow.’

  3. Mom

    And I bet I know what seeds you used to roll those pine cones in!!! lol Now we need pictures of the birds enjoy the fruits of your labor!!!

  4. Mandy

    If you heat the peanut butter first, it makes it much more manageable. You can just pour the peanut butter on over the pine cone. You can also put teh pine cone in a ziplock bag, close it and shake; it’s a great way for little ones to cover the pine cone with birdseed.

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