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More on how to make your tree to feed the animals
http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/animals.html (an excerpt is below)
PROJECTS TO DO TOGETHER
NOTE: Please read all instructions completely before starting. Observe all safety precautions. Parents supervise use of knives, scissors and needles.
PROJECT 1 - Feed and observe winter birds and animalsWhat you need:
- Some or all of the following: popcorn, peanuts in shells, apples, cranberries, pears, oranges, kiwi, peanut butter, suet (from butcher or bird food store)
- String, needle and strong thread, scissors, knife
- Pine cone (to use with peanut butter), onion bag (to use with suet)
(1) String the popcorn and cranberries on a long, doubled piece of thread. String the whole peanuts on another thread.
(2) Slice the fruit crosswise, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Poke a hole about 2/3 of the way across each slice, thread a 12 inch piece of string through it and tie the ends together.
(3) Put peanut butter or suet into the holes in a pine cone. Tie a string to it.
(4) Cut suet into large pieces and put it into an onion bag.
(5) Hang the food from trees and bushes in sheltered areas, where you can see it. Be patient. It takes time for birds and animals to find the food. Try different locations. Note: If you choose to begin feeding the birds regularly, try to do it throughout the winter. They start to depend on you and may have trouble finding other sources of food later in the winter.