It is reeeally cold outside. So that means our time outdoors is limited and that makes for one antsy mama and an extremely rambunctious 2 year old.
Today, our “science lesson” involved a nature walk searching for pinecones in the woods. We discussed pinecones and found some good specimens, then brought them inside to turn them into chicken treats.
We talked about nutrition and how during the winter it takes more calories to sustain our chickens because they’re molting and having to maintain a constant body temperature outside in the cold. It was really neat to hear my son parrot back all this newly acquired information to my husband when he came in and asked what we were doing.
It was a great lesson, and it was really engaging for my son. He is developing a relationship with nature and with our animals and he has a sense of purpose and responsibility already at age 2 that I have found lacking in many kids 8 times his age. This lifestyle has its sacrifices, but the lessons and experiences it provides for my children I would not trade for anything.
So if you’re looking for something to do with your own kiddos, try making some pinecone bird treats. It’s something incredibly simple that meant a lot to my son.
Pinecone Chicken Treats
- 5 small-medium pinecones
- 3 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 3/4c black oil sunflower seeds
Mix the peanut butter and coconut oil together and spread over pinecones. Roll pinecones in sunflower seeds, and toss or hang outside for your birds and watch them enjoy!