Arts & Crafts

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Photo by: Linda O

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Fine Motor Skills along with interest and knowledge of birds are hatched with this activity.

10 minutes
18 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 1 Pine cone
  • 1 Pipe cleaner (or ribbon, 18 inches)
  • 1/2 C Peanut butter (Organic, no added sugar)
  • 1 Popsicle stick (Craft stick)
  • 1/8 c Birdseed (Optional)
  • 1 Paper plate (Optional)


  1. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the large end of the pine cone. Twist to secure.
  2. Create a loop on the unsecured end of the pipe cleaner.
  3. Use the popsicle stick to spread the peanut butter within the crevices of the pine cone.
  4. Discuss the need for "safe" bird food (no additives, no refined sugar) with your child.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle the birdseed on the pinecone.
  6. Hang your new bird feeder where your child can observe bird activity.
Provide younger children with Pine Cone pre-prepared with hanger.
Put birdseed on a plate and have your child roll the pinecone in the birdseed.
Older children may create log of information on types of birds that visit their feeder.
Associated Activity
Read the book "About Birds: A Guide for Children" by Cathryn Sill and John Sill

Original Source

Linda O

Developmental skills