We just rowed How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World for Five in a Row recently, and it's been apple season here, so of course I've been looking up new recipes and activities to try out. I came across a few apple bird feeders and realized that would be a fun nature study activity for the kids, and we could use the windblown and bruised apples for it.
I set up a big picnic table cloth so we could work on the ground outdoors.
The basic concept was to slather an apple in peanut butter, roll it in bird seed and hang it from a tree. I saw some that peeled the apple, and some that didn't. For the record, we tried both and didn't particularly find one "better" than the other.
We tied string around a screw, poked it down into the apple and hung them from trees. I would recommend inserting the string and screw before the peanut butter and bird seed, because it can get messy. I would also really recommend making sure everyone's apples are covered in peanut butter before bringing out the bird seed. If not, you might possibly end up with a jar of peanut butter that can only be used for bird feeder crafts from this point forward.
One of my kids wanted to play and throw bird seed more than anything.
But then she decided she wanted to make her own, and she worked diligently!
The kids had fun, and chose different places to hang their bird feeders.
This is something kids of all ages can do! It goes well with apple tree studies or bird studies, but it would be a fun winter craft as well. Another one I want to do with some of the less favorable apples is to make dried apple bird feeders so hopefully we'll get to that soon!
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