Make it Monday: Feed the Birds!

February 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Happy Family Day Ontarians. Yes, it was a day off for most in Ontario today. In our house that meant non-stop baking, crafts and since I wasn’t at all tired from keeping the dog from eating the cat, and from shoveling out from yet another snowfall… it also meant a sled ride. It was a busy, but enjoyable day with my daughter… not so much with the dog and the cat. Late in the afternoon, instead of taking a nap, we decided that the birds needed to eat so we made some bird feeders.

To make two bird feeders you will need:

  • at least one excited 3 1/2 year old 
  • a generous cup of wild bird seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter if you have a nut allergy)
  • 2 toilet paper tubes
  • 2 pieces of string (about 30cm or 12 inches)
  • plastic knife
  • scissors (for the grown-ups)
  • plate with a rim

How to make the bird feeders:

Using the scissors, poke a hole about 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) from the top of one end of the toilet paper tube. It should be big enough to thread your string through.  Repeat this on the other side directly across from the first hole. This is where you will thread your string through later. Do this to both tubes. Using a plastic knife, generously spread peanut butter all over each tube. In a plate with a rim, add the bird seed. Roll the peanut buttered tubes in the bird seed; pressing down as you go. Once it is thoroughly coated, thread the string through the holes of each tube, tie the ends of each string, and hang in a tree.

Now run inside and sit in the window to wait for the birdies.

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