The Pinecone Project

Over the summer, the boys spent a week at their grandparents’ house.  Luke insisted on bringing his wheelbarrow to do work around their house, and Ben followed suit with his wagon.  At the time, there really wasn’t any work to be done, so I told them to pick up pinecones.  Not having any pine trees in their own yard, the pinecone hunt was new and thrilling to the little worker men. IMG_1239 IMG_1241 The collected pinecones were dumped into the trash.

The following day, we went to a butterfly exhibit.  The walk to the butterfly house was woven throughout with pine trees.  Pinecones everywhere.  The boys collected a bunch and their Pa mentioned that they could put peanut butter and birdseed on them for the birds.  This sent them into a pinecone-collecting mini-frenzy, most of which Zach or I tossed later.

Three pinecones made it home.  Ben pestered me for days about putting peanut butter and seeds on them.

It’s not bird feeding time, but I finally gave up hoping that Ben would forget about it, and laid out the supplies in late August.

The boys prepared the three remaining pinecones as well as one piece of bark.

IMG_1324 IMG_1327Zach hung the treats where we usually put the bird feeders, and we waited.


Feeding tally thus far:  Benjamin and multiple ants.

We’ve had one pigeon and two crows stop by for a glance, but the usual crowd of tiny birds has not been by.  Definitely not bird feeding time.

Benjamin, however, has stopped bugging me about prepping any more pinecones, so I consider the project a success.


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7 Responses to The Pinecone Project

  1. Susan sigmon says:

    Well, their crazy Aunt Susie is THRILLED we’re thinking of birds! Here’s one thought….birds like some “shelter” where they feed. I can’t explicitly tell from the pics…but it seems a little barren around the pinecones…..a really scary place for a bird. Perhaps hang them in a tree? Is that possible while still affording views for little people?
    I think you’re awesome….and do hope both of the little guys are feeling better.

    • pokedpotato says:

      Ah hah…a tree is a great idea! It is definitely barren around the pinecones…I will move it back as soon as I can. I don’t think the boys will be able to the birds as well, but they’re not seeing them anyways at this point. Thank you so much…Luke seems to be recovered with just a lingering raspy voice & Ben is about the same, poor dude. Thanks for reading!!

  2. What a sweet post! My boys are a bit older, at 13 and 20 and your post stirred up flashbacks of pine cone bird feeders and little wheelbarrows!

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