Summer Art Play Date #3

We had our third summer art play date today! Hooray! In case you missed them, here is what we did during the first one and the second one.

I keep thinking that since its summer, we may at some point get to do things that involve water and hot weather, but so far that has not been the case. So, we’re in sweatshirts in all the pictures. But the calendar says that its summer. Really. So, we did things that didn’t require bathing suits. All except for Nancy, of course, who just loves to play in the hand washing bucket and get sopping wet. Every single time. What ever.

Pine Cone Birdfeeders

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This is not a new idea.  This is one of those things that has been done for as long as people have wanted to feed birds (or raccoons or squirrels or murders of crows) and wanted their kids to have something to do with it.  I have heard that some people use peanut butter and some people use lard to stick their birdseed to.  I had both in the pantry, so I put out both.  They both worked.  Not sure which one the birds prefer.  The best part of this particular project was the giant pine cones that we brought home from Bridgeport, California.
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Isn’t it a beautiful place?
Anyway, all you need to do is tie some yarn to your pine cone. Spread peanut butter or lard all over it. Roll is around in birdseed until it is covered and hang it up to see what creatures it attracts. Super-duper easy, messy fun!
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Egg Carton Caterpillars
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Our other project was some open-ended egg carton caterpillars. I cut up some egg cartons so that they were three egg cups long and then turned them over and trimmed them so they could stand. Then I just set out all sort of things that could make caterpillars: pipe cleaners, circle and rectangle stickers, googly eyes, glue sticks, pompoms, bingo dobbers, etc. Then we just let the kids go to town.
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This caterpillar fell out of an airplane and into some snow, which is why he apparently needed a ton of rectangular band-aids.  This project was actually hugely enthralling for everyone at different times in the morning and was not a huge mess, which was nice for me.

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2 Responses to “Summer Art Play Date #3”


  1. 1 Kristen July 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Drew and I just saw two blue jays eating off our bird feeder! We used the lard by the way 🙂

  2. 2 Karen July 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    OMG I just yesterday asked Jackie what she had on the pine cones in her yard,the birds were going crazy for it, she said the kids made them with peanut butter. Good Idea, Clara we need one at the lake if you want to make one (Hint) Also Drew 2 would do so many trees!!!!!!


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