Friday, February 5, 2010

Feed the Birds!

A couple weeks ago, the local farm supply had a kids' workshop, to draw traffic in. The "make and take" was a peanut butter & pretzel bird feeder. Their ploy worked. Today when I saw that there was nothing left of the bird feeder but string hanging in the shrub outside our bathroom window, I went back to the farm supply for bird seed. It is snowing today, supposed to freeze the next few days and remain cold all next week. I want to bring some bird traffic by our house!

This is a totally kid friendly activity, in fact, it was probably invented for them!
Messy, edible, quick, simple;
they can make something while having a snack,
and it can all be done within their 2 minute attention span.
With Rebecca, she was done in a minute and a half.

1. Spread peanut butter liberally on pretzels.
2. "Bury" the gloppy mess in bird seed,
making sure it is completely covered in seeds.

3. Add a string and it's ready to hang.

I attached the string before hand so I wouldn't
have to handle the seedy bird treat.
You could also use a pine cone, if you have a collection of them,
but pretzels get competely eaten.

Looks almost good enough for human consumption!


~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

ooo it looks good enough to eat :)!
we are feeding some birdies in our blizzard on our back porch ... poor little things!

We used to coat pinecones with peanut and then roll them in birdseed when the boys were young ... your pretzel idea is really fun and totally edible!

Stay warm and cozy, ice is almost worse than snow (I'll get back to you on how 2 ft of snow is)

femminismo said...

Your birds will be so happy. I hear the weather in the Northeast is going to be bad! Stay warm.

kiwicarole said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing, there will be lots of wee birds thankyou for it! :)

La Dolce Vita said...

lovely idea!!!!

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Jeanie said...

This is a great idea! Poor Gypsy had a Christmas tree by his bird window and hasn't been able to see out. With our new snow today they're going to be very hungry! I may do some of these this weekend! Thanks!