Remember when we made our Indian Corn Necklaces? Well, I told you that I'd show you what we did with our leftover corn cobs! We turned them into bird feeders! I got the idea from The Kids' Nature Book that we have been using this year.
First I had to look up what birds eat. I didn't want to accidentally put something on the corn cobs that would hurt them! We gathered crushed up rice cakes, chopped almonds, wheat berries, sunflower seeds, soaked raisins, peanut butter, and of course our bare corn cobs.
|All ready to go!|
Then we assembled the feeders. First we slathered peanut butter all over each of the corn cobs. This was really good practice for Trevor. Then we sprinkled a little of each of the foods onto them. Sorry I didn't get any pictures of this, but my hands were a mess too! Lastly, I rolled and pressed the cobs over one of the plates to make sure that every last bit of peanut butter was covered!
|Our finished product!|
You're supposed to hang these in a tree, but being that we live in a condo we do not have trees of our own, so I tied them up with some string and hung them on our balcony. Sadly, we never actually saw any birds eating off of these, but after a few days they were picked clean! We're going to have to see if we can re-cover these with peanut butter and treats for the birds to enjoy again.
If you like the idea of feeding birds in the winter, other ideas along the same line might be decorating a "Christmas Tree" outside for birds (hang apples or donuts coated with peanut butter and seeds from a tree) or decorating a snowman with food for the birds. If you have any creative ideas you have used or heard of for feeding birds in the winter, please share!
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