Easy Activity for Kids: Make a Bird Feeder

Jewish texts have a lot of advice about how to treat other people. They also have advice about how to treat animals. Caring for animals — in Hebrew, tza’ar ba’alei chayim — is an important part of Judaism, both for our own pets and animals we happen to run into. This mitzvah, Hebrew for “commandment", can be as big as helping a donkey who’s schlepping a heavy burden or as simple as providing a delicious snack for a bird this fall.

Related: 12 Fall Activities With a Jewish Twist 

This Activity Works With These Books:


  • Pinecone
  • Peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • Birdseed
  • String


  • Firmly tie a piece of string around a pinecone.
  • Mix peanut butter and birdseed together.
  • Press the mixture into the spaces of the pinecone.
  • Tie the pinecone outside for birds to snack on!


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