Bird Feeding Fun

25 02 2011

Earlier this month, we learned about the different birds seen at the annual Christmas Bird Count. This got us thinking more about birds, and we discovered that this month has been International Bird Feeding Month!

There are many different ways you can help feed the birds in your backyard.

One simple way to help feed birds is with a Bagel Bird Feeder. All you need is a bagel, string, peanut butter and bird seeds. First, you tie the string around the bagel. Then you spread peanut butter over the bagel and pour seeds on it. Once this is done, you hang the bird feeder from tree and watch the birds eat!

Bagel Bird Feeder

You can also do this with a pine cone, a soft pretzel or a corn husk.

After making your bird feeder, you can have your own bird count. Tally and research all of the different birds you see at the bird feeder.

Spring seeds

13 02 2009

Spring feels like it is here already! Beans are some of the easiest plants to begin growing indoors. Simply soak them overnight (or stick them in the fridge, depending on the type), plant them in a little pot of soil, and keep them in a sunny window with regular water.


Look closely at the young bean plants that are sprouting. You can see that the wee little bean is still attached to the stalk of the plant. The chubby bean provides nourishment for the growing plant in its early days, much like an egg yolk provides energy to a baby chicken developing inside the egg. The longer a plant grows, the smaller the attached bean gets as the growing plant “eats” it all up! I’m hoping I’ll have some more beans in the summer to eat for myself! Happy planting!

bean plants


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