Notes: This activity should be conducted outside for easy clean-up.


  • string or pipe cleaner
  • pine cone or ice cream cone
  • nut butter or solid vegetable oil (like margarine or Crisco)
  • bird seed


  1. Tie a string or wrap a pipe cleaner around your pine cone so it will hang outside, or you can stand the ice cream cone upside down on a flat surface outside
  2. Smear your oil or nut butter all over your cone
  3. Sprinkle or roll the seeds on

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