Pinecone Bird Feeder
K - 2 Activity - Teacher Directions
The many Loblolly pine trees in the pine forests of this East Texas region create many pinecones to reproduce. There are actually male and female pinecones. The male pinecones are smaller and produce pollen that is swept away in the wind. The female pinecones are larger and have tiny egg cells attached to their woody scales. When thinking of pinecones, we usually think of female pinecones.
- Pinecone for each child. If not available outdoors in your community, they can be bought in bags during the holiday season. Sometimes they are cinnamon scented for burning in a fireplace.
- Paper plate
- Butter knife
- Smooth peanut butter
- Ribbon or yarn
- Cut a length of yarn or ribbon to hang the birder feeder.
- Tie the ribbon in a knot round to pinecone near the top.
- Tie a knot in the end of the ribbon.
- Use the knife to get a large clump of peanut butter on the paper plate.
- Use the knife to spread the peanut butter inside the pinecone and around the edges.
- Sprinkle birdseed over the pinecone.
- Roll the pinecone in the birdseed that is on the plate.
- Hang the bird feeder outdoors on a tree.
- Birds will enjoy their treats!