Winter Activity for Kids: Stale Bread Birdfeeders

Jan 1, 2020

Please note: Bread is a known filler for birds, so you can use a pine cone instead if they are available.

As the weather gets colder and you need some indoor activities to keep kids busy, here's an oldie but a goodie: sit them at the kitchen table and have them transform stale slices of grainy bread into bird feeders that will keep cold-weather visitors happy outside your window.

Two slices of bread and a bowl of birdseed

All you need is a shallow dish of birdseed (available at most grocery or department stores, or even the dollar store) and some peanut butter or other nut butter.

Leave the bread out to dry completely. Then, using a thick needle, thread string — or a wire or twist tie — through the top of the bread slice (leave enough bread on top that it doesn't pull through), then spread sticky nut butter on both sides.

A piece of bread is dipped in birdseed

Douse each side in birdseed, turning it to coat and attach it to a sturdy branch in your back yard. Breakfast is served!

A finished stale bread birdfeeder.

This post was originally published in November 2013, and was updated with video January 2020.

Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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