So by now, I think it’s evident one of our favorite winter nature activities is bird-watching. Maybe it’s because you don’t see as many wild animals out and about in the winter. Maybe it’s because, even when we’re stuck inside on a below-zero day, we can still see them out there, flying about, living their little birdy lives. Either way, we’re fascinated by birds in winter.
So, naturally, we needed an outdoor Christmas tree for the birds this year.
We began by stringing popcorn and making a garland. You can also use cranberries, or dried cereal like Cheerios (perfect for little hands that can’t quite manage to string popcorn yet!)
(this was the perfect activity for today, considering that it was frigging 11 degrees and snowing out. Bah!)
Then, we got some leftover pinecones from our Pinecone Angel craft. We slathered them in peanut butter and rolled them in nuts (we had little bits of leftover nuts in the cupboard — not enough to bake with, so we used them for this. You could also use birdseed, or more dried cereal.)
We tied yarn around the pinecones and hung them from the tree, along with the garland.
There are lots of other possibilities for making decorative bird-friendly outdoor decorations…try a few of these:
-Birdseed shapes by Kate’s Creative Space — she made bird treats in cute shapes like bears, hearts, and (of course) birds. Anything you have a cookie cutter for, you can make a birdseed feeder for.
-Pinecone Birdfeeders from Nick Jr. (more instructions to make pinecone feeders like ours).
-Orange Cup Birdfeeders with Nuts from Happy Hooligans — nice, bright, pretty feeders using orange peels, nuts and dried fruit you probably already have at home!
-More Garland Ideas from Go Explore Nature
And don’t forget — even if you don’t want to spend any money on feeding the birds, they can benefit from a fresh water source. If you just leave clean, unfrozen water in a birdbath, the birds will still flock to you (and provide a lot of entertainment. Bathing birds are funny, though I just realized telling people I watch birds while they’re bathing sounds creepy.)
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