Want to know a fun activity you can do with a young child? Sit in a chair and stare out the window! You’ll have hours of fun and everyday will be different than the next. Now, you’re probably thinking that this activity sounds similar in excitement to watching paint dry or watching grass grow. But, when you sit with your child and stare out the window you’ll see dozens of beautiful birds, fluttering around, putting on a show just for you. How are you going to get all those birds to show up and perform? You simply have to lure them over to your window with a special treat.
Use an ice cream cone to entice a huge assortment of birds that you’ll enjoy watching for hours. The cone should be a sugar cone; the type with the pointed bottom. This cone is exactly what you need to make a bird feeder that will have all the local birds coming by your place.
Use an ice pick, pencil or something similar to make a hole in the point of the cone. Now make a hanger for the cone. One way to do this is to twist the end of a pipe cleaner. Slide the untwisted end in through the cone and out the hole. The twist in the pipe cleaner should be enough so that the pipe cleaner will not slip through. Create a crook at the end of the pipe cleaner so you can hang it. Although this method of making a hanger for the bird feeder is really quick and easy it doesn’t allow a very long hanger.
Make a different hanger by using a piece of twine or similar material. Feed the two ends of the twine through the hole and to the inside of the cone. Tie the ends together. This loop-type hanger can be made as long or short as you want.
Spread peanut butter all over the outside of the cone. Press Cheerios into the peanut butter. Now sprinkle birdseed all over the cone, pressing it into the peanut butter, and using it to cover any remaining areas on the ice cream cone. Instead of Cheerios you can also use Rice Krispies or other types of cereal.
Hang the bird feeder near a window and you’ll enjoy viewing all the birds that stop by for a snack. It’s fun to watch them feed and to try to name the different types of birds. The Cheerios bird feeder is a cheap and easy way to entertain yourself and your child plus do something special for one of nature’s most beautiful animals.