After christmas for the birds

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on December 27, 2013

in Children's Books, Christmas, Holiday Ideas, The After Christmas Tree

Pinecone Bird Feeders

I have written about this book before but here it goes again! We read “The After Christmas Tree” by Linda Wagner Tyler before Christmas since my students wouldn’t be in school after Christmas. Oh well, I really like this book and thought they would get the idea either way…

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Perhaps you are one of the many who are in the process of taking down the Christmas tree and putting away all the ornaments.  Well don’t be too quick to think Christmas has to be completely over. “The After Christmas Tree” is about a child who decorates the Christmas tree by putting seeds and nuts out for the animals after Christmas has come to an end…

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After reading our book, the children made pinecone bird feeders to hang on a tree out in the woods behind our preschool…

After christmas for the birds by Teach Preschool

I realize that many of you who teach in preschool cannot use peanut butter so you will want to replace the peanut butter with something else in this process like cream cheese. We do not have any peanut allergies in my class so the children spread peanut butter all over their pinecone which was not an easy process to do without getting quite messy…

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Once the pinecones were covered with the peanut butter, the children moved to the other station to add birdseed on top of the peanut butter. And once again, you may not be able to use birdseed due to allergies but don’t let that stop you from finding an alternative idea for feeding the animals…

After christmas for the birds by Teach Preschool

I tied a string to the pinecones before the children started so that they could hang the pinecones on our trees when finished…

After christmas for the birds by Teach Preschool

There are many ways you can expand on feeding the animals besides making a birdseed pinecone like simply sprinkling nuts and berries and seeds around the bottom of a tree…

After christmas for the birds by Teach Preschool

Once we completed our pinecone bird feeders, the children went for a walk out into our woods to select a tree for hanging our birdfeeders…

After christmas for the birds by Teach Preschool

Last year, I let the children hang their birdfeeders on a tree right beside our door and the animals came and ate up! But we had so many animals come that they broke all the limbs on the little tree we had selected so this year, we took the birdfeeders out a little farther and chose bigger trees to hang them on…

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The children did a wonderful job hanging up their bird feeders on a very cold and snowy day…

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1 MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO December 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi DEB! MERRY XMAS TO U AND ALL YOUR FAMILY! +NICE IDEA! HERE IN ARGENTINA WE ARE IN SUMMER & WE DONT HAVE PINECONES WE WILL WAIT UNTIL WINTER!
SEASON’S GREETINGS FOR ALL YOUR FAMILY!
LOVE & HUGS!
MIRIAM
ARGENTINA!

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2 Kinder-Touch December 28, 2013 at 2:11 am

This is a good idea for introducing nature to the kids. I was wondering about the peanut at first though. It seems that the kids had fun while doing this activity.

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3 Chris from VA January 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

I always love seeing your photos, Deborah. Children look so cute bundled up in their cold-weather gear!

In my class, we use vegetable shortening for this project, because we are a nut-free school. We are also really careful about the birdseed, and try to make sure it doesn’t contain nuts and wasn’t processed in a nut-processing facility.

I love that you had the children take the feeders outdoors and hang them up! We do this project before Christmas and send it home as a Christmas gift for the animals in the children’s yards, but I love the idea of doing it after Christmas, too.

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4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

It is always to be aware of allergies Chris. In my classroom we have no peanut allergies or really any kind of allergies so I decided we could sneak in this one peanut butter idea. However, it is good to know an alternative should I need it for future reference!

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