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Pinecone Bird Feeder

Kids and gardens go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re naturals. And since kids who garden eat their fruits and vegetables, there will plenty of peanut butter left over to share with the birds. No, seriously! When it’s covered with seeds, they will LOVE it! And kids will have fun making it.

pinecone bird seed feeder craft

What you’ll need:

twine or fishing line
scissors to cut twine
peanut butter or vegetable shortening
spatula (or fingers work, too!)
birdseed – sunflower, millet, dried fruit and/or nuts finely chopped

Simply cut your twine to size and tie around the top end of your pinecone. Holding twine aside, coat pinecone with peanut butter, pressing it into the pinecone with a spatula (or your fingers!)

Now roll your pinecone in a bowl of birdseed until well-coated with seed. Shake loose any unstuck seed and hang your pinecone feeder from the nearest tree or wherever your bird friends like to fly.

It’s the perfect accent to a terra cotta bird bath, if you ask me! And a great craft for school gardens.

  • by Blair Bancroft, Author

    Although Show Me the Green! is clearly a strong “Let’s garden” for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like “Slippery Eggs & Seeds,” “Wacky Weeds,” “Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,” this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere.


  • by Sharon Grier, Teacher

    Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children’s book!


  • by Kirkus

    Venetta’s debut children’s book conveys the thrill of growing one’s own food.

  • by Indie Reader

    A cheerful, welcoming way to plant seeds of interest in gardening for elementary-school aged children, SHOW ME THE GREEN! falls on fertile soil.


  • by Queen Bee Books

    This is a story that kids will be absorbed in without realizing how much they’re learning–about seeds, planting, plant life cycles, bugs, fertilizer… If you’re looking for a chapter book to get kids excited about nature, gardening, and science, this one would fit the bill.