We just read the book, The Mitten Tree and I closed the book saying, "I love this book!" My daughter liked how the old lady in the book was so kind to make mittens for the children. I knew I wanted to pair this book with an activity and wondered how we could help someone or something like the old lady in the book.
We have ALOT of snow here and ALOT of birds so I thought maybe we could make 'mittens' for the birds.....Bird Seed Mittens! Just like Sarah in the book this would be our way to show kindness but in our case to the birds especially since all the snow makes it hard for them to find food.
This is not our first time making DIY bird feeders. Last winter we made these recycled cardboard tube bird feeders. The only difference this time is sticking with the theme of The Mitten Tree book by cutting out some cardboard into the shape of mittens.
What we used:
Yarn or string
First, I cut out some cardboard into the shape of mittens (I am terrible free hand so please be forgiving here, lol) Using a hole punch make a hole at the top.
Next, start spreading on the peanut butter
.....and sprinkling on the seed
Finally, it's time to find the perfect tree branch to hang them on.
Here are some shots I took from inside the house of the birds enjoying our Bird Seed Mittens!
This activity is super easy and the children will love the rewards of seeing firsthand how they can help our fine feathered friends!
It took less than a week and as you can see the birds thoroughly enjoyed their Bird Seed Mitten Tree! It's almost all completely gone!