It’s hard to go wrong with these super simple pinecone birdfeeders. We’ve all made them before but sometimes it’s the most simple reminders that are the most useful. When long days of parenting have you feeling steamrolled there isn’t energy for anything complicated. It’s like the baked potato. So simple yet so overlooked.
It seems like it took forever for my daughter’s dexterity skills to reach the level necessary for this project. Only recently have we begun stringing penne pasta and peeling off stickers. Now that we’re here I’m eager to keep going. I was thrilled to present her with a popsicle stick and a bowl of peanut butter. She spent a happy 2 minutes spreading it on the pinecones before transporting it from the stick directly to her mouth. Toddlers. A minute later I heard her crunching on something that sounded a lot like a rock. Nope, just one of the grains of super dehydrated corn. After we fished that out we got to roll the peanut butter cones around in the birdseed- a sensory experience that I’m not ashamed to say I still enjoy.
Perhaps the most engaging part of this project for my little one was the “Calling of the birds” ceremony we invented while hanging up our new birdfeeders.
Since our real birdfeeder has been empty for a time we weren’t sure how long it would take the birds to discover the new bonuses. The answer? A full 24 hours. They’re here now though and we spent an afternoon practicing our birding skills. As the leaves begin to fall birding will get much easier. We are already looking forward to the winter happiness that comes in the form of over-wintering cardinals. They provide such a nice splash of color during an often dreary time of year.
This is a great activity to do with your toddler while your infant naps. You know, in case that ever works out.