Valentine’s Is For the Birds!

gifts for the birds

While I’m quite sure that we’ve all uttered something similar about the Hearts and Cupids Holiday, this time I mean it literally…

Angel threading cherrios

We’ve always been a Bird Feeding Household, going back to (at least) my paternal grandmother, and I was in need of a simple project to occupy the Small People on a recent Too Cold to Go Out day.

little hands, hard at work

Cheerio’s, chenille stems (I still call them by the very un-PC name of Pipe Cleaners, even though there’s no way my dad ever would have cleaned his pipe with these fuzzy things!) and some ribbon…A little Fine Motor practice, and a bit of snacking…

Proud of herself!

Ok, more than ‘a bit’ of snacking…

And before we knew it, an hour had passed, and we had a small pile of treats for our feathered friends!

heart's a-hangin'

We hung them (several days later) on a bare shrub outside Angel’s bathroom window…then waited for the show.

Waiting for us to leave

This guy was just waiting for us to get out of his way!

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25 thoughts on “Valentine’s Is For the Birds!

  1. You’re right, “chenille” sounds much nicer than “pipe cleaner.” Does Angel know that chenille is the French word for caterpillar?

    • Niko wanted to make more of them yesterday…I said “No, but we could string beads and make a bracelet for Mommy…” He wailed, “NOOOO! Cheerios!” as Angel said “Beads? We have BEADS?!”
      Beads won. 🙂

  2. If there’s a version of pipecleaners that wouldn’t be tempting to the kids to eat, I would think these ideal kidlet treats, too! But what a pretty and much-appreciated-by-birds idea as it is! 😀

    • Thanks, Sara – and welcome! I’ve been reading your blog for years – think I found you on Linda Brown’s originally – but Blogger won’t usually let me leave comments…You were the first one I thought of when Celi had to bring that lamb inside 🙂

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