How to make a bird feeder
April 16, 2012
Today I’m going to teach you how to make a really easy bird feeder. By having a bird feeder in your yard, you’ll be able to watch and learn about more birds.
You’ll need a pinecone (about the size of your hand will work perfectly!), a square piece of waxed paper, a paper plate, a spoon, peanut butter and some bird seed (most grocery stores have it this time of year).
1. Pour some bird seed onto the paper plate. Set aside.
2. Lay out your waxed paper to protect your work surface from the peanut butter. Tie the string around the top of the pinecone so that a long piece hangs off. You’ll use this to hang your bird feeder from a tree.
3. Using the spoon, dab a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter onto your pinecone and use your fingers to spread it around so it coats the outside of the pinecone.
4. Wash your hands. Then roll the pinecone in the bird seed, tapping more bird seed onto places where there is extra peanut butter. Make sure the bird seed sticks by tapping it into the peanut butter.
5. Let your pinecone rest in a safe place for about a day so the peanut butter has a chance to dry a little bit. Then, you can hang it outside!
Have fun watching all the birds enjoy their food from your new bird feeder! You can reuse this pinecone once the birds have eaten all the bird seed.
Catch ya later!
Spring school fun
April 11, 2012
Since spring is the time that more birds are around, we are learning a lot about them in school right now. We’re learning about birds that migrate, which means that they fly away to warmer climates in the winter and come back here in the spring when it starts to get warm again. We’re also learning about wintering birds, like cardinals. Wintering birds are birds that don’t migrate; they live here all year long.
Because the ground gets so cold here in the winter, lots of wintering birds can’t eat the same foods in the winter that they can find in the summer. This means that wintering birds are pretty smart because they have to find different places to get food in the winter. We are going to make a bird feeder tomorrow in class, so I’ll tell you how to make it next week! The things you’ll need are a medium-sized pinecone (about the size of your hand will be perfect), a piece of waxed paper, a spoon, peanut butter, bird seed and a piece of string or yarn to use to hang your birdfeeder.
Have a great weekend!
April 09, 2012
I hope you all had a good holiday weekend! Whether you celebrated Passover or Easter, I hope you got to spend time with your family this weekend. My family celebrates Easter, and we have extended family come over on Easter Sunday every year. We have lots of traditions, but the one I love the most is our Easter egg battle.
After everyone has found the eggs from our Easter egg hunt in the yard, we all sit down for brunch (a meal between breakfast and lunch) and pick out our favorite egg. Then, we battle! Two people hold their egg of choice in their hand and when someone says “Go!” they start tapping the other person’s egg to try to break the shell! The first person to crack the other person’s egg wins. They don’t really win anything except bragging rights, but it’s still really fun.
I bet you have a special family tradition that you remember. Maybe it even happens before the holiday, when you are getting ready for it.