Winter is a great time to encourage feathered friends to the garden! One easy way to do this is to install bird feeders around your garden and property. Looking for some simple bird feeder ideas? Why not a pine cone feeder?
If you know where there are some pine trees, this is a great time of year to gather a bag of pine cones for some family fun. Creating pine cone bird feeders are a great low cost activity and an interactive activity for the whole family!
Although it can be messy, it’s a lot of fun! Planning and fine motor skills are needed to do all parts of this activity.
Here’s a link that can show you how to get started.
After you hang your feeder, you can talk about what kind of bird you hope will be the first to visit. If you picked blue jay, how about learning more about blue jays and you might develop an interest in bird watching! That’s a favorite hobby for about 45 million people in the United States.Hobbies can help teach children to set and achieve goals, solve problems and make decisions. They can also turn into lifelong interests or even careers. Developing an interest in hobbies is great, but what’s really important is that you’re spending time together.
Here are some more ideas for making your own bird feeders. If you don’t have bird seed at home, there are other things from your kitchen you can safely feed to birds!
- Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Make Your Own Bird Feeders
- Birds & Blooms: What to Feed Birds from the Kitchen
- Downeast Maine: Maine Birding Guide