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Activity

Chuck’s Pinecone Bird Feeders

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Consider this:

This is a popular Home and Garden Idea Fair project offered in the Kid’s Zone. If you cannot wait to make a pinecone bird feeder with our employee volunteers, you can make one at home in ten minutes or less.

  • Large open pinecones
  • Peanut butter (or other nut butters)
  • Bird seed
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Blunt knife or popsicle stick
  • Large bowl or cookie sheet
  • Cut a 10-inch piece of twine for each pinecone.
  • Tie the twine around the top of the cone.
  • Tie it against the cone.
  • Tie another knot at the top so it forms a loop.
  • Use a blunt knife or popsicle stick to smear peanut butter on the woody scales of the cone.
  • Fill in the spaces using as much or as little as you want.
  • More peanut butter will hold more seeds.
  • Using a bowl or cookie sheet, sprinkle the birdseed over the cone letting it stick to the peanut butter.
  • Try rolling the cone in the seed.
  • Which method helps the seed stick better?
  • Shake off loose seed back into bowl or onto cookie sheet.
  • Hang the pinecone feeder from branches for the birds to feast on.
  • Did you know that, in the winter, birds need a high-fat diet? This is a perfect solution!
  • Do you notice any other animals checking out the bird feeder – maybe a squirrel?
  • How many varieties of birds visit the feeder?

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