Thursday, January 17, 2008

Nature Study

I finally did something with the kids that I've been wanting to do for a long, long time. We made birdfeeders. Well, ours were more like squirrel feeders, but whatever.





We covered pine cones in peanut butter, then dipped them in birdseed, and hung them on our Christmas tree, which is currently residing on our deck. All four feeders that we made were carted off by squirrels (which I totally don't mind), so we started tossing handfuls of birdseed onto our snow-covered deck.

We got huge numbers of birds and squirrels, much to the children's delight. We got out our field guide and identified a few varieties of nuthatches, wrens, and swallows, and we even saw male and female cardinals. Bluejays were the most common, though, and the kids soon learned how to quickly find the bluejay page. It's so adorable to hear them shout, "Look, Mom, a blue jay! I can see his blue back and wings and his black necklace! And he's very loud and noisy!" Too cute.

Today we went outside, as I just got around to getting the kids snowpants and boots. They had a good time, but as I don't have anything other than moccasin-type boots, I got tons of snow in my shoes and froze. It was also more work than I've ever done for a mere 20 minutes of fun. Yikes.

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3 Comments:

At 8:03 AM, Blogger NeverForgotten said...

Looks like a fun project. I'll have to try that at home sometime soon.

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger Tash said...

I love his hair, i was looking up long hair styles on little boys, and found your mothering post and came here. I am My son's hair is long, and his bangs are getting longer, I want to keep it long but am not sure what to do with it. Anyway, it looks great!

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger we3kids said...

Hi. Stumbled upon your blog while looking for nature activities for a preschool class I am going to be doing.... You have to check out ours www.we3kids.blogspot.com, we have our christmas tree on our back deck and have decorated it also! Too funny.

Danielle

 

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