I love to make homemade birdfeeders with my daycare and own children. We hang them on the tree outside our kitchen window, and enjoy watching the birds. They are very easy and quick to make, and I think it teaches the children compassion and service. Children love knowing they have helped the hungry birds.
You will need: One pinecone for each feeder
Wild Birdseed (Grocery stores will have this in the pet area)
Take pinecone and with a butter knife spread a thick layer of peanut butter all over it. Small children can do this with help from Mom. Then roll peanut buttered pinecone in a bowl of birdseed.
Wrap some thread, yarn or twine around the middle of pinecone and tie to a tree branch. Enjoy the birds...it may take a week or two for them to find the cones, but they will find them.
I took this picture of a sparrow enjoying a snack last week!