During this time of year kids are beyond excited with Christmas on it’s way. They can’t seem to stay still for very long at all. The best thing I can do as a Mom, to keep my sanity, is to keep them busy. One thing we like to do this time of year is to feed the birds. Snow is falling as I write this, which means there is less available for the birds to easily eat. Over the years we have tried many different types of bird feeders, but no matter what type we have tried, the kids have always had fun. So, this year I figured I would get to work, showing you all some great ideas, recipes and tips for taking on this fun and helpful activity.
Perfect For Your Littlest Ones
Out of all the activities, this is the one that makes the biggest mess, but also gives back the biggest smiles. Even toddlers can participate in this messy project. How about filling pinecones with peanut butter (or lard if you have allergies) and covering them in bird seed. If you don’t have pinecones around your house, can’t or don’t want to go buy any, go ahead and use some toilet paper tubes. They work just as well hanging in the yard. Pine Cone Bird Feeders
For Kids who Can Use the Stove
How about making some bird suet? Yup, you don’t have to buy the bricks at the stores. It is easily made at home. This project was the last bird feeder activity we did and The kids LOVED it. Not only do they get to help feed the birds, but they got to use the stove. Mine were not old enough to do this on their own so it ended up being great Mommy/Son time. Homemade Suet Recipe
For Your Crafty & Creative Kids
You might remember as a kid stringing colored macaroni to make necklaces. Well, this project is similar. How about using pipe cleaners and Cheerios? Not only do the kids get to feed the birds, make a craft but also work on their dexterity…and patience. Plus, when these are done, they look so cute. Cereal Bird Feeders
For Your Young Chef in the Making
Have a kiddo who loves helping in the kitchen but is too young to use the stove? This project is perfect for them. They get to feed the birds all while, mixing, scooping, shaping, etc. In the end, these bird feeders look amazing. Totally worth trying with your budding chefs. Cookie “Cutter” Bird Feeders
For the Builder in the Family
Have a kiddo who just loves to build things? This project is just that, a building activity that also feeds the birds. As a bonus, helps use up some of your recycling materials. Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
When You Just NEED the Kids Outside
Getting the kids into a craft or activity can seem like a great idea, but there are those days when try as you may, the kids just can not sit still at all. If your kids are at this hyper-ness level, don’t fret, you can still get them busy feeding the birds. Gather up some day old bread and hand them all off to your little ones. Get the kids bundled up to play outside and have them rip up the bread into small pieces. Then they can scatter all the pieces around the yard. Not only will they be helping the birds, you get help to clean out your pantry and a few moments of calm. That my friends, is worth all the bread in the house some days.
So there you go. Six ways to keep the kids busy this Christmas season, all while helping the birds. I hope you are able to have some fun trying some of these activities.