The idea: Create an eco-friendly birdfeeder using string, peanut butter and pinecones.
This idea was inspired by fellow nature-loving blogger, Marghanita of the Little Humbugs. She even posted a great video on collecting pinecones and making the feeders, which is how we knew what to do.
Our notes from the field: I put this activity off at first because I knew we didn’t have any pinecones in our backyard. It’s even rare for us to find any on our neighborhood nature walks.
But when we visited nearby Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, we hit the pinecone jackpot. Not only did we have fun exploring the park’s Olympic Forest, we also found some perfect pinecones for our feeder.
Later that day, my 5 year old and I headed to the backyard with some string, peanut butter, a knife and our birdseed. I made the first feeder, just to show my son how it was done.
He was anxious to make his own and did so in just a couple of minutes.
We were both sticky but proud of our creations and eager to hang them up for the birds to enjoy!
Take-home tips: This was a fun nature activity for my son and I alike. A couple of notes if you’re thinking of trying it:
- Don’t worry if you can’t find pinecones. There are plenty of other large items that fall off the trees in our neighborhood that would have worked just as well.
- Watch the Little Humbugs video first. My 5 year old would have loved Marghanita’s video and been that much more inspired to hunt for the perfect pinecone. He also would have understood how to make his own feeder without any help from mom!