Pinecone Bird Feeder

This lunch is for the birds! Create a natural attraction to sharpen your child’s environmental awareness and science learning.


This activity involves peanut butter and trees, please be aware of any allergies.

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  1. Large pinecone. Pinecones measuring more than 6 inches are preferred. They accommodate more birds and last longer. Also, if you don’t have them in your area, you can buy a bag of 6 inch pinecones here on Amazon or from your local craft store.
  2. Sugar-free, smooth peanut butter like the kind found here. Peanut butter with sugar will do, but we prefer not to give refined sugar to kids and birds. Also, be aware of nut allergies. Please use another nut butter, such as almond butter, if peanuts aren't tolerated by your child.
  3. Wild bird seed. Grab a small bag from at your local garden or discount store. If need be, larger bags of wild bird seed can be found here online. 
  4. Plate
  5. Dull, table knife like this example. No sharp knives please.
  6. Floral wire for hanging from your porch, patio or tree.
  7. Sharp scissors - Adults only, to cut floral wire
  1. Skilly-spark: Share why you’re using peanut butter to attract birds. Birds love peanut butter because it provides protein, energy and oil for healthy feathers and bodies. This goes for children’s bodies too.
  2. Spread sugarless peanut butter on the pine cone. If they need help, lend a hand. But encourage them to do so on their own if possible.
  3. Roll the pinecone in the birdseed, so that most of the peanut butter is covered.
  4. If you're using all-natural or especially drippy peanut butter, leave it overnight in the refrigerator to help make it solid to the touch.
  5. Tie a piece of floral wire onto the top of the pine cone.
  6. Your pine cone is now ready be hung on a branch. Do so close enough that larger birds can reach it. Smaller birds can sit right on the pine cone and pick away.  


Keep the fun going
  • Ask your child to use their bird observations to make pictures or tell a story about those who visit their creation.  
  • Older children, ages 4 and up, can keep track of and count the kind of birds that come to their feeder. If you'd like, you can buy a book to identify your local birds, their colors, names, and gender.
  • Wing it! Kids can pretend to be, sing and move like birds too.