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July 8, 2013

Summer Fun

My granddaughter's teacher for next year gave all his future students a packet of things to do over the summer. Some of the items were to do at the library, others were to gather pine cones, seeds and other botanical items, to watch the sun rise and describe it, to read in a "secret place" outdoors. Another was to build a birdhouse or a bird feeder and place it outside.

I'd been gathering ideas of things to do on Pinterest, and had already planned to make an easy bird feeder from a toilet paper tube.

To do this, you'll need:
  • an empty toilet paper tube
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • a knife
  • a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil

Use the knife to spread peanut butter on the cardboard tube. You can hold the tube with your fingers inside of it while you're doing the spreading. Creamy peanut butter definitely works best. We started with crunchy, but ended up opening a new jar of creamy to finish around the edges. You don't have to be precise with this part, just get it on there.

Next, on the sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, spread out some bird seed. We used some of our parakeet's feed. Roll the peanut-butter-covered tube in the seed, pressing it on firmly.

Pick a tree branch that is more or less horizontal. We have a dwarf apple tree that died last year in the drought but hadn't yet been removed, so we thought it would be easy to spot any bird activity on this leafless tree. I used pruners to shorten the branch, and we popped the feeder over the branch.

Now just wait for the birds to discover it.

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  1. What a great idea! I bet the birds would love this. I like how you can just put it on a branch. Seems super easy!

  2. Such a great idea!

  3. We make birdfeeders ina similar way--using pinecones. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! I hope to see you again today!


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