Hibernation Party

Louis Braille School students ended the week with a hibernation party. The celebration completed a study of why some birds and animals migrate or hibernate during the winter months.

During the week, students made bird feeders of pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed for the birds that frequent the woodsy area behind the school. They also strung popcorn and draped the strings on branches in the school’s back yard. The birds discovered the popcorn right away.

At the end of the week, the children wore their pajamas to school. After a special pre-hibernation snack, each went into the library and curled up in caves made by blankets draped over tables.

As they settled down for a long winter’s nap, the library became very quiet except for an occasional humorous “snore” from the would-be hibernating bears.

Easy Bird Feeders

Pinecone
Peanut butter
Bird seed
Knife for spreading
A few feet of strong twine or fishing line

Tie the string around either the large or small end of the pinecone, leaving enough of a tail to tie it to a tree branch.

Using a knife, thoroughly spread peanut butter all over the pinecone.

Put the birdseed in a pie pan or on a cookie sheet. Roll the peanut butter-covered pinecone in the seed until it is well-covered.

Hang the feeder from a tree branch.

Refill the pinecone with peanut butter and seed as needed.

Note: To attract a variety of birds, try a seed mix that contains black sunflower seeds, millet, and cracked corn.

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