This winter, transform natural materials into something enchanting with our DIY Pinecone Bird Feeder, a delightful winter craft project for Waldorf homeschoolers. This activity encourages children to engage with nature, while also fostering creativity and fine motor skills.
- Pinecones (gathered from a woodland walk)
- Natural peanut butter (free from additives)
- Birdseed mix
- Twine or recycled ribbon
- A mixing bowl and spoon
- A tray or large plate
- First, take a brisk winter walk with your children in your nearest woods and collect some sizeable, open pinecones.
- Once home, tie a piece of twine around the top of each pinecone, ensuring it’s secure for hanging later.
- In a bowl, mix the birdseed with enough peanut butter to make it sticky. This is a great sensory experience for the kids!
- Lay out your plate or tray and roll each pinecone in the peanut butter and seed mix, ensuring they’re well coated.
- Hang your finished bird feeders on trees visible from your home.
Not only will this activity captivate your children, but it will also serve as a lifeline for our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Watch together as a variety of birds visit your homemade feeders, and use this opportunity to learn about different bird species. This craft is a beautiful way to blend creativity, nature, and education – the Waldorf way.