Family Time Calendar: Edible Decor for the Birds

The holidays are here, and it seems everyone and everything is getting gaily bedecked with finery. How about creating a little holiday cheer for the birds (and, undoubtedly, the squirrels who will find these treats in that squirrel -way they have) and decorate a tree just for them with a cranberry and popcorn garland? You may enjoy some of this snack yourself!

What you'll need:
(This makes 3 garlands.)
4 cups of popped plain popcorn
3 3-foot lengths of heavy-duty white thread
1 bag of cranberries
2-3 medium sewing needles (if young children will be doing this task, you can use blunt needlepoint needles)

What you'll do:
Thread a needle with a piece of the heavy-duty string. Tie a knot at the end.

String three to four pieces of popcorn onto the thread and push them to the end. Then pop a cranberry on. Keep going until the string is filled, stopping occasionally to eat some popcorn --you've got to keep your strength up, if only for the sake of the birds! When a chain is completed, remove the needle and tie a nice, big knot in that end.

Repeat until you've got enough garlands to make your birds happy and your trees beautiful.

Remember: Once you start feeding the birds in your neighborhood, they will come to rely on you as a food source. Make sure you provide them with another source of food when the garlands are all eaten.

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