Feeding the birds is a fun hobby.
It’s easy to make a cheap pine cone bird feeder. A bird feeder, the birds will truly enjoy.
1) Gather some dried pine cones.
2) Attach a wire, string or ribbon to the top of the cone. Make a loop in the wire, string or cone, as you are going to hang the bird feeder in a tree. You could use a hot glue gun for this. (Parents, please supervise young children when a glue gun is being used. They get very hot!)
3) Roll the pine cones in peanut butter (or smear peanut butter all over the pine cone, with a spoon)
4) Then, roll the peanut butter covered pine cones in bird feed
Hang your homemade bird feeder in a tree. Or, hang it on your porch.
Get yourself a pair of inexpensive binoculars, or your camera, and start bird watching.
This would be a great project for children to participate in.
Bird watching would also be a great way to teach children the species of different birds.
Pick up a book on birds, and have them learn more, about the birds that are coming into your yard.
Making these cheap bird feeders will also teach children about recycling (pine cones).
The bird feeders would make great gifts, as well. Wrap them is plastic wrap, place them in a gift bag, and share them with others who may enjoy bird watching.
How about making pine cone bird feeders for a bazaar? Or, to raise money for a great cause? Or, for show and tell, for a school project?