What better preschool craft to make, than a craft that keeps on giving! Pine cones are plentiful in our area of Virginia, not only in the fall, but throughout the year as well. We are always finding ways to use them in our decorating……not just because we are frugal, but because bringing pieces of nature into our home makes us feel closer to God.
This project is really messy, but all of my kids loved making these, from the 17 year-old down to the 3 year-old.
1 SMALL JAR OF CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
YARN OR TWINE
PINE CONES, ONE FOR EACH CHILD…..AND ONE FOR YOU TOO!
NEWSPAPER OR VINYL TABLECLOTH
SPOONS OR PLASTIC KNIVES
1. Cover your table with newspaper or a vinyl tablecloth.
2. Give each child a paper plate, a pine cone, and put (1) heaping spoonful of peanut butter on their plate.
3. Have the children roll their pine cone in the peanut butter. Give them a spoon or plastic knife to help spread the peanut butter evenly around the pine cone……helping the very young as needed.
4. Pour about 1/2 cup of birdseed onto their plate, then roll the pine cones in the seeds. Tell the kids to mash and pack the seeds firmly into the pine cone.
5. Place all of the finished bird feeders on a clean paper plate. Let sit overnight.
6. Clean up by throwing away the plates and newspaper, or taking the tablecloth outside to shake…..the birds will eat the leftover seeds too!
7. The next day, take the feeders out to a tree or post in your yard, preferably near a window so the kids can see them from inside the house. Tie a length of yarn or twine around the middle of each pine cone, making sure that it gets squeezed really tightly, and hang on your tree.
8. Sit back and watch all of the different types of birds eat their treat!