Since snow is now covering the ground where I live, I haven't seen too many birds. If I don't put out some special food for them, they will find somewhere else to find their food, and I won't be seeing much of them until next spring.
You can make your own pinecone bird feeders
with pinecones, peanut butter, and bird seed. Slather some peanut butter on an open pinecone, roll it in bird seed, and allow the peanut butter to harden. Hang up in a tree outside. If you aren't so lucky to have a tree, you can throw them on the ground. Trust me, the birds will find them. Be careful if you buy pinecones at the craft store, as they may be preserved with fragrance oils that could harm the birds. If you don't have any pipe cleaners, you can use yarn or even fishing line to hang up the yummy bird treat.
You can get the kids involved in this project. They will be proud of themselves, knowing that they are helping to feed creatures that otherwise might go south for the long (loooong) winter. What better way to spend a snow day than to watch the birds gobble up their man-made yummy treat!