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The snow has started to fall and we have had our first official snow day of the year. My kids love the snow but it got Willow asking me what about the birds. She knows that the birds need to get to the ground and the trees to get their food and if it is covered with snow, how can they get to their food.
We have a cardinal that hangs out in the tree by our window and we get a great view of him when he is settling in. Willow wanted to make sure that her cardinal friend had something special to eat for Valentine's Day, so we decided to make our bird friends their own heart-shaped bird feeder.
It is easy to make a bird feeder and it is a great preschool craft. By turning ours into hearts, it makes for a quick and easy Valentine's Day craft for preschoolers.
All you need for these bird feeders is pipe cleaners and cereal that is shaped in an o. Our birds love peanut butter so we used peanut butter cheerios but any cereal will do.
Start by adding the cereal onto the pipe cleaners.
Willow had a great idea so that the cereal doesn't come off the end. To keep the cereal on the pipe cleaners, slightly curl up the end. This also helps you remember to leave space to twist the pipe cleaner together at the end.
Once you have added the cereal almost the end of the pipe cleaner, put the 2 ends together and twist forming a circle.
Then form the circle into a heart shape.
We made several of these heart-shaped Valentine's Day bird feeders.
We added them all over the yard in our trees and bushes. Then we just have to wait and watch for our bird friends to come by and have a snack.