Making Bird Feeders with Natural Materials

Jennifer Cope
Code Elementary School

Jennifer's lesson plan (PDF)
Jennifer's presentation (PDF)

Jen shows children how to make bird feeders  Jennifer introduced a way for the children to make bird feeders naturally. Here she shows the students how to put the peanut butter on the pine cone. Many of the students ate the peanut butter rather than putting it on the cone for the birds.

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."
- Deepak Chopra
After the students put all the peanut butter on the pine cone, it was time for the bird seed. The children were very surprised to see what they had made when Jennifer pulled the pine cone out of the bag.  Children hold up peanut buttered pine cones 
Child packing up feeder  After the children completed their pine cone birdfeeder, they were allowed to take them home. The students also made bird feeders for the school. 
Newspapers were placed across the tables so that there would not be a big huge mess. It was funny to see that the children looked like they were covered in more peanut butter than the pine cones were.

"I rejoice when I see anyone, especially children, inquiring about flowers, and wanting gardens of their own, and carefully working in them. A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness." -Gertrude Jekyll
 Students working over newspaper