Spring is a great time to introduce the kids to nature. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and, if you feed them well, creatures of all kinds are snacking.
This is a simple and slightly messy activity. In other words, it’s perfect for kids of all ages. To make a “critter snacking ladder” save a few cardboard tubes and a decorative ribbon. Then hit the pet store for some birdseed. The only other thing you’ll need is some peanut butter from the pantry.
To set up, find a shallow dish with a lip and spread the bird seed around the bottom. Next, use a knife or spatula and help the kids spread peanut butter all around the cardboard tube. Finally, let the kids roll the cardboard tubes in the birdseed until they’re fully coated.
For our ladder, we covered a total of four tubes and placed each completed piece in a separate dish as we went.
When all the tubes are covered, cut the ribbon into sections and loop the first section into the bottom two tubes. Tie a knot to create a loop and repeat with tubes two and three, and then tubes three and four, until your ladder is formed.
String one last piece of ribbon through your top tube and tie it around a tree of your choice (preferably one visible both indoors and out so the kids can do lots of animal watching). Then sit back and see what your bait draws in. We originally made our feeder with birds in mind but were pleasantly surprised to see multiple squirrels pay us a visit instead.
Photo Credits: Stephanie Morgan