Yesterday afternoon things were threatening to unravel. Cordelia was at the whiney stage of the day and I was out of ideas. Suddenly it struck my like a bolt of lightning from the heavens into my brain---or else I just kinda of thought of it. I knew she'd be happy to do anything outdoors. I happened to have recently grabbed a few pine-cones which had tumbled from their coniferous mother only to be abducted by this mother.
I gathered the supplies: Pine-cones, string, seeds, peanut butter, something to spread the peanut butter with. You're on your own to find an assistant
Cut your string to the desired length. Tie it around the top of the pine-cone.
Have your assistant help you apply peanut butter to the entire pine-cone. Just a warning this has MESS written all over it, so if you are a tidy mother maybe you can do this part.
Obviously I am not too concerned with the mess factor. She decided that a snack was in order and dipped her toddler paws deep in the peanut butter jar (note: peanut butter jar will be contaminated, best to use the last bits of a peanut butter)
While she continued to snack I completed the job.
We happen to have a bucket filled with bird seed and it was quite helpful in this instance. She scooped the seeds onto the pine-cone, but you could just as easily submerge the cone in seeds.
Finally we had to scout out the perfect location for the four bird feeders we made. This took some careful consideration on her part.
Our next project included cleaning this mug up!
What traditional activities do you partake in to ease out of a whiney afternoon?