Saturday, August 18, 2012

For the Birds

Birdseed. It's an interesting, innovative and cheap medium to use for crafts with your kids. I found a huge bag at a dollar store and have done many activities with it and still have a tub full of the stuff. You can use it to decorate items you already have around the house and with a little glue, presto! You've created a one-of-a-kind project. Or take it a step further...I adore Michael's and appreciate their huge assortment of budget-friendly kid's crafts. With a few inexpensive items, you can turn something plain and simple into something fun. Here are a few ideas for birdseed:

1. Collect pine cones and coat with peanut butter then roll with birdseed. Hang outside for the birds to enjoy!
2. Let your kids draw a simple picture (not too much detail...) and "trace" with white glue then pour birdseed and shake off excess.
3. Buy an unfinished wood birdhouse and let your kids paint then fill with birdseed and hang outside.
4. Make birdseed "instruments"...fill toilet paper and paper towel tubes with birdseed and secure with paper and tape. Let your kids shake away!
5. Make birdseed ornaments. Buy unfinished wooden objects and paint then cover with birdseed using white or hot glue (parents only!)
Have fun!!
**Disclaimer-  double-check the ingredients on your birdseed and make sure there is nothing your child could be allergic to.

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