Whether you’re still in the midst and chaos of moving in to your new home, or simply looking for a quick and easy way to spend some more quality time with your children, we have two simple craft ideas we’d love to share to help you squeeze some extra family time into your hectic life.
Pinecone Bird Feeders
- Large Pinecone
- Peanut Butter (or honey)
- Bird Seed
With the cool air arriving and the leaves beginning to fall, it is a great time to go outside and explore together as a family. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy your surroundings and all its natural beauty; which is what makes these feeders so much fun! Encourage your children to find the biggest pine cones they can; even make it a little competition if you have more than one child!
After you have a nice large pine cone simply have your child spread some peanut butter (honey is a great alternative if there are allergies in the home), roll it in bird seed and hang with a piece of twine.
Hang your new bird treat on a branch that your child chooses and enjoy watching all the little critters in your backyard nibble to their heart’s content.
Cookie Cutter Birdseed Treats
- Unflavored gelatin packet
- Cookie Cutters
This one requires a little bit more parental assistance as the stove is involved, but the kids will undoubtedly have a ton of fun picking out their favorite shapes!
Cook one packet of unflavored gelatin according to instructions. Once melted, add in enough birdseed to be sufficiently coated by the gelatin.
Once slightly cool let your child fill their favorite cookie cutter with the mixture. Add a hole in the top for a piece of twine, hang and enjoy!
Cereal Bird Treats
- Twine or Pipe Cleaners
- Cereal (Fruit Loops/Apple Jacks)
These are perfect for younger members of the family who may have a difficult time performing activities that require a bit more dexterity. Plus they get to snack at the same time!
Select cereal that has a wider circle in the center like Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops. Avoid any cereals with chocolate as it is toxic to many species of wildlife.
Take a piece of string or pipe cleaner and let your child add one at a time until there’s about two inches left on each end.
Make a loop using the ends and hang outside!
Apple Seed Treats
- Unflavored Gelatin
Definitely the most work out of the four, these Apple birdfeeders will attract squirrels, chipmunks, and just about any other little woodland critter that loves fruit!
Start out with a nice fresh apple. Why not make a day out of it and visit one of the local orchards we suggest in our 2019 Fall Bucket list article?
Just like the cookie cutter treats, cook one packet of unflavored gelatin then add birdseed until fully coated.
Next cut the center out of your apple and fill with a heaping spoonful of the birdseed mixture.
Place on a parchment paper covered sheet and allow to set in the fridge for about two hours.
Once hardened, place a screw in the top of the apple and add a piece of twine to hang outside.
These amazing homemade treats won’t last long so have fun watching your furry little friends enjoy them!