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Easy Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder

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Easy to make bird feeder with supplies on hand

What a great bird feeder for the kids to make!  

This Easy Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder is a fun hand and eye coordination activity for the younger kids.  It is interesting for the older kids, and the supplies are easily found in your pantry.

Try this one for a family fun night, or activity to kill summer boredom.  

As the birds come to snack, you can talk about what types they are, and help your kids appreciate the beauty each bird brings to our world.

For more ideas, try this ORANGE BOWL FEEDER and these TWO FEEDERS and DIY BINOCULARS are terrific for little ones. 

 

Supplies:

Sugar Ice Cream Cones

Peanut Butter

Bird Seed 

Paper plate, plastic knife or something to spread the peanut butter with such as a craft stick.

 

Directions:

Cut off the tip of the end of the sugar cone using a sharp knife.  *This part is for an adult to do.

 

Put a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on a plate.

If the child is old enough to safely use a plastic knife, give them one to spread with.  If not, a craft stick would work well.

And the sugar cone without the very tip, so there is an opening for the twine, string, etc. to hang the bird feeder with. 

 

Have them spread the peanut butter all over the sugar cone.

 

Scrap off any excess peanut butter from the plate that wasn’t used. 

Pour a 1/3 cup or so of bird seed onto the plate and have them roll and press the bird seed onto the peanut butter covered ice cream cone.  Add more bird seed to the plate as needed; this will help control the mess:)

 

If the child is old enough, have them do this step also.  If not, take the twine, string, or yarn and push it through both ends of the covered ice cream cone to form a long loop to hang the bird feeder from, giving yourself plenty of length.  It’s easier to shorten it then to have to start over and add more length.  

 

Hang the Easy Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder from a branch, post, fence or wherever works best in your yard and area. 

Now enjoy the birds coming to visit as they snack. 

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

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Bird Feeders

Homemade Winter Bird Feeder

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Bird Feeders

Lost Art of Being Kind – Feed the Birds

Homemade Winter Bird Feeder

Where I live it’s very, very cold  and all the birds do not fly south for the winter.  

It would be nice for them if they all could go enjoy some time at the beach, relax, sip on tropical drinks and enjoy the sunshine. Sadly, that’s not the case for some of the sweet little tweeters, they have to stay right where they are – like some of us:)  

Since we are all here, let’s make it a fun project for the family, and feed the birds!   When it’s winter where I live, the ground is covered in snow, or frozen, and the food supply is diminished making it is really difficult for our little feathered friends to get something to eat.  By having bird feeders out, it also brings the birds close so you can watch them; which also provides the opportunity to teach your family the various types as well as gives hours of enjoyment and entertainment to all ages. 

Here are a few ideas of quick and easy-peasy projects you can to together to provide the birds something to eat.  

I want to thank my daughter-in-law Tawni for the fabulous picture!

Pine-cone Feeder

Supplies:

  • Pine-cone String or yarn
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Popsicle sticks  

Directions:

1- Simply spread some peanut butter on the pine-cone, getting into the spaces really good.

2- Roll in the bird seed.

3- Tie a string or yarn around the pine-cone, allowing enough length to hang the desired space.  


These two feeders were made in the summer, but they would work just as well in the winter too.

Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder 1Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder

Supplies:

  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Cherrios
  • Ribbon, yarn or string

 Directions: Have children thread cheerios onto pipe cleaner, leaving room to twist ends together to form a circle. Repeat, except loop through other circle before twisting ends, forming a link.

Do as many links as desired. Tie a ribbon, yarn or string onto an end loop and hang.


Bagel Bird Feeder 1  Bagel Bird Feeder

( from:  The National Audubon Society)

Materials:

  • stale bagels – we used mini bagels 
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • string or yarn

Tie yarn or string around the bagel. Slather stale bagel with peanut butter. Roll in birdseed. Hang from a tree. TIPS:

  • Place your bird feeders in places that aren’t too windy, have good cover nearby, and minimize other hazards.
  • Fill your bird feeders with the amount of food that can be eaten in 2-3 days.
  • Keep your feeders and feeding area clean by raking up spilled seed under them and wiping off permanent feeders.
  • Provide water at your feeding area. Place a clay saucer that’s at least 24 inches on a low stump or on the ground, and fill it with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Refill it every few days.

HAVE FUN and FEED THE BIRDS! 

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




Homemade Kids Play Sand

DIY Kids Play Sand

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Homemade Kids Play Sand

Easy and Clean Kids Play Sand

Can’t go to the beach because it’s several hundred miles away and that’s just a little impractical for an afternoon of play?  No worries, I have the perfect solution!

Looking for a unique way to entertain the kiddos? This Play Sand is the answer!

It is so easy to mold, doesn’t make a mess on their hands and is made from just flour and some baby oil. 

Toddlers and kids really like this.

To keep them amused, you can put in ‘prizes’ of large rhinestones, beads, etc., so they can do some mining and treasure hunting.

Molds and plastic garden tools will keep them busy for hours and that lets you get your projects done, or a bit of much needed relaxing as you watch them have some fun.  You might want to double or triple this really simple and easy recipe, depending on how large your bin is and how many children will be playing.


DIY Homemade Play Sand

Supplies:

8 cups flour

1 cup BABY OIL

Bag or CONTAINER to store Play Sand (will last at least 1 year)

Toys for fun

Molds to play with  

 

Directions:

Put the flour in a large bowlPlay Sand 1Pour baby oil into the flourPlay Sand 2With your hands get in there and mix it well.

Continue until the oil is completely incorporated into the flourPlay Sand 3


Store in a bag or container with a tight fitting lid.Play Sand 4Now for the FUN!

Pour the Play Sand into a container large enough for the kids to play with.  Play Sand 5

It is best to let the kiddos do it outside, to accommodate any escaping Play Sand.

Play Sand 6Kids of all ages love this Play Sand.Play Sand 7A special thank you to my daugther-in-law Ashley for this idea and bringing the fun molds and toys.               Play Sand

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.