Monday, March 12, 2012

Bagel birdfeeders

Building off of my boys' love for Angry Birds and my desire to find Spring inspiration for revamping our disastrous backyard....we crafted bagel birdfeeders today.

The boys were totally into this activity and were really interested in making up stories on what kinds of birds would be flying in to feast on the birdseed.

Jansen's theory: "There are birds in other places that had like an earthquake or a tornado. Then they have no food, so they fly to our house to eat our peanut butter and birdseed."

Caleb's theory: "Angry Birds don't really exist so they won't eat this birdseed. Crows eat corn, so if we planted corn, we would have to build a scarecrow. Crows are definitely scared of scarecrows. There is no such thing as a Mighty Eagle so he won't eat our birdseed. Hummingbirds drink red juice, so they won't eat our birdseed. The state bird of Texas is a mockingbird, so they might eat our birdseed because we live in Texas. Maybe a bluebird too."

Yep, everything has to be difficult and factual with Caleb and more imaginative with Jansen.

So if you are looking for a quick and fun activity for your kids...this is it. Include a lesson in with the bird feed bag to see what is in it. Talk about your state bird. Find out what your child's favorite bird might be and where it lives.

Here are the basic supplies you will need for this project:

Bagels, peanut butter, a plastic knife, birdseed, and string of some sort.

Let your kiddos spread peanut butter to coat one half of a bagel...

Sprinkle birdseed onto the peanut butter and gently pat to have it stick. Gently shake off any additional seed.

Tie your string around the bagel.

Find a place to hang your feeder in your yard...

Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your childrens' labor.

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