The weather in Colorado so far in March has been so deceiving, it feels like spring is here already. The last two weekends we have been blessed with 60 and 70 degree weather – so not normal this time of the year – but we are loving it. Both of the kids have found a love of riding bikes and they are doing awesome. Because we are so used to the weather here in Colorado, we are bracing ourselves for a giant spring snow storm in exchange for these Saturday and Sunday afternoons of heading to the park on our bikes.
On one of our many bike trips to the park, Teagan found some pine cones and decided she needed to keep them. She stashed all those pine cones in her bike bag and brought them home and unloaded them. Teagan started playing with them and I mentioned that we could feed the birds with the pine cones if she wanted. She was so intrigued and excited to see what I meant by that.
I decided to make one more trip to the park to find a few more big pine cones for us to use, the kids did not complain. Off we went in the 70 degree weather, enjoying the early spring weather and sun!
Jude got into this project too. He was ready to find a way to feed the birds this spring. He was also smart enough to figure out that if the spring weather turns back into normal cold Colorado March weather these Pine Cone Bird Feeders would help those creatures stay fed. Such an empathetic and smart boy!
The Pine Cone Bird Feeders are so easy to make and a great teachable moment for all ages. It was a perfect way to enjoy some Springtime family fun in the beautiful weather.
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Creamy Peanut Butter
Spoon and knife
1. The first step is finding some pine cones to use for the bird feeders.
2. Using about a 2 foot piece of twine, tie 3 to 4 pine cones in a line.
3. Fill a paper plate full of bird seed.
4. Carefully spread a layer of peanut butter on each of the pine cones.
5. Spoon on a layer of bird seed covering the peanut butter on each pine cone.
6. Hang the string of pine cones in a tree with branches that the birds can sit on and eat the seed.
While we cleaned up our mess I surprised Jude and Teagan with one of their favorite snacks, Snack Pack® pudding cups! They sat out on the porch just talking about their bird feeders and doing a little bird watching.
I love having these pudding cups on hand for fun times like this. Snack Pack® pudding cups are the perfect treat anytime because they are easy for the kids to enjoy with out too much mess and super easy to clean up too. It was a perfect way to end our springtime crafting outside.
I cannot wait to see their faces when they see that some of the bird seed has been eaten. They will be so proud! Such a simple activity that has brought so much joy to our whole family! Not to mention, days like this filled with fun, warm weather and family totally has me ready for summer!!
This Spring, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack.
How will you be welcoming Spring with your kids?
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Shirley Wood says
We have a yard full of pine cones and I've been meaning to make these for our birds! I know your children will be tickled when they see that the birds are enjoying their treats. We are empty nesters now but we still keep Snack Pack puddings for our lunches 🙂
Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi says
This is on my spring bucket list for my toddler! I love the idea of enjoying a snack outside and watching the birds afterwards 🙂
Jennifer Johnson says
What a fun activity to do with the kids! This is a great way to expand on your bike ride. I remember making these as a kid and it was so much fun to watch the birds come eat the bird seeds off the feeder.
Cindy Gordon says
My kids would love to welcome spring just as you did. With a fun bike ride, followed by a craft to feed the hungry birds and an awesome snack! My kids love pudding!
So sweet! I have some littles in my family that would just love these!
Jen B says
This is a really cute idea to help feed the birds! We have pine cones galore around here so we might try this soon.
Cynthia Landrie says
What a great project to make with kids. It looks like your whole family enjoyed it. I think feeding the birds is such a great idea.
I remember making pine cone bird feeders as a kid. I always had a blast watching all of the colorful feathered friends flying in to pick off some seed from a feeder that I "made" myself! Plus, who doesn't like a pudding cup every now and again? 😀
Nancy Lustri says
Awww…The children are soooo adorable and those bird feeders are awesome! It looks so easy to make too, which really encourages me to give it a try!
The kids know what is yummy! My son is 21 yo and he still loves his Snack Pack pudding! 🙂
Rochkirstin Santos says
It's great to create your own bird feeds and the pine cones look beautiful. We don't have those here in the usual neighborhood. The pudding cups are a great snack for kids.
Janeane Davis says
This is as such a cool craft idea. I am going to try this with my children.I am looking forward to it.
Brittany Bly says
This is so smart! I never would have thought of using peanut butter. And the creations are just adorable. I bet the birds and the kids equally loved them!
One of my favorite crafts as a kid! Thanks for the reminder cause now I need to bust this classic out and do it with my kids. Granted… I grew up in GA where pinecones were plentiful. Not the case in Texas haha.
Echo A says
My kids love making bird feeders! They this it is so much fun! We have also had some deceptively warm and spring like weather, but we are trying to enjoy it as much as possible!
Tami Q says
This would make a perfect activity to do with my 3 year old. It's simple enough to do with his momma's help. He loves to be outside, so he'll also enjoy watching the birds as they visit the feeder.
Second Chances Girl says
I love this craft. It simple and I have all the materials. I think I will have my kids make these over spring break!
My Kiddies made these in Girl Scouts…it was so much fun! We love pudding snacks too..great springtime treat for sure!