The cold winds of February are tough for birds, and that's why it's National Bird Feeding Month. Kids can help our feathered friends by crafting some creative bird eateries for outdoors. It's simple!
- Make a small loop at one end of a pipe cleaner and let kids thread Cheerios onto it, leaving about two inches of pipe cleaner at the top. Loop and tie it into a circle, drape it over a tree branch and give the top of the circle a gentle squeeze so it holds tight to the branch.
- Cut about two feet of yarn or twine and tie it around the bottom of a pinecone. Let kids smear the pinecone with peanut butter, then roll it in birdseed. Hang the pinecone from a tree branch.
- Cut an orange in half and scoop out the sweet pulp. (Kids can eat it!) Adults only: Use a sharp knife to cut four small holes around the top of each orange half, and cut four pieces of twine, each about a foot long. Have kids thread a piece of twine through each hole and secure it with a knot. Let kids mix peanut butter and birdseed together in a small bowl, then mound into the orange halves. Tie the four pieces of twine together at the top, and hang the filled orange cups from a tree branch.
- Don't throw out stale bagels! Cut them in half, smear them with peanut butter and let kids decorate them with birdseed, raisins and/or peanuts. Tie a piece of twine through the hole, and hang it from a branch.