I’m the former Science mom at my children’s cooperative preschool. What does that mean? It means I planned a new science project for the kiddos every week, a job I really loved.
This projects is a great fall science projects for kids; not only does it teach them about being aware of the animals that live all around us, it is messy good fun to make!
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
- Vegetable Shortening (AKA Crisco) or Peanut Butter
- Popsicle sticks
Typically these are made with peanut butter but since we have a peanut allergy at school I went with the Crisco, which aside from probably fattening up the birds was a great (and surprisingly vegan) alternative.
- Put the Crisco on a plate, the birdseed in a large bowl, and pine cones in the center of a table.
- Have your child choose a pine cone
- Kids can now either roll the pine cone in the shortening or “paint” the shortening on with popsicle sticks.
- Once the pine cone is coated, dip it in the birdseed or sprinkle the birdseed on top. The birdseed sticks to the shortening (and hands…) beautifully.
- Tie a string to the pine cone for hanging.
The kids had a blast, and almost everyone at school did the project which is a record. At first I wasn’t sure how were the birds going to eat the birdseed but within a couple weeks our pine cone was completely stripped! I guess the birds enjoyed their treat!