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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

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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.

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

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A fall thanksgiving wreath for kids and toddlers to make

A fun wreath kids can make for fall

Here is a terrific Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath for Fall and the Thanksgiving season.

Easy and quick to hold little ones attention, but older kids can make it as decorative at they would like.

Your family could easily make an extra to take to a local retirement/care center, even if you don’t know anyone there, they would surely appreciate some cheer and your thoughtfulness.  This would be a great time to talk, as a family, of blessings to be grateful for.

 

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

Supplies:

Heavy weight cardboard or foam board to cut the circle for the base of the wreath

Box cutter – for adult to use to cut the wreath 

 

Fall Leaves HERE

Glue dots for leaves and any decorations that are not stickers, HERE

Ribbon, Check THIS out

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 1


Directions:

Trace the size of wreath you choose to make with a bowl and cut with box cutter.Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 2Trace an inner circle with a smaller bowl Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 3Cut out the middle section.Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 4Let the kids have fun with stickers or decorations attaching them with glue dots.Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 5Attach ribbon to the top for a hanger with glue or more sticky dots.

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

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Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Halloween Kids Craft Monsters from Toilet Paper Rolls

 

These Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters are so easy, inexpensive and a great way  for kids to make their own Halloween decoration, or homemade toys to play with.  

It’s a perfect way to help encourage imagination and creativity.  

So simple, while a fun way to spend time together. 

Let the kids make a bunch of them for their own grundle of monsters!





Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Supplies:

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  • Empty toilet paper rolls or cut empty paper towel roll into sections
  • Foam plates




Directions:

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Give each child (and everyone if family activity) an empty toilet paper roll, a foam brush, and a bit of washable paints on a paper plate and let them go to work.
Have fun together while the paint dries (about 30 minutes or so), play a game, decorate cookies, whatever!

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

When the paint is dry, poke holes in the toilet paper roll so that holes are across from each other on the roll.Now stick the pipe cleaner through a hole on one side of the toilet paper roll then through the other hole directly across from it on the other side.

Do as many pipe cleaners as there are holes to make the ‘arms’. 

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Let the kids twist the arms to make monster limbs.If the child is able, let them put the glue dots on the eyes and stick to their monster as they desire.

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

If needed, put the glue dots on the eyes for them, and they can stick the eyes on their monster.

They can make a family or village of monsters!

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters