It really couldn't be any easier. For this activity you need: pinecones, string, peanut butter, and birdseed or breadcrumbs. (I used both.)
Start with some pinecones and some string of some sort. You could use ribbon, string, or twine. I had some twine on hand. My pinecones are on the large side - roughy 4-5" long and 2-3" in diameter. They're old cinnamon scented ones that I've had for years and years, and they're starting to fall apart. Don't ask why I have years-old pinecones... when it comes to Christmas decorations, I save everything.
Next, smear some peanut butter all over the pinecone, getting it smooshed down deep into the pinecone leaves. Don't be stingy with the peanut butter - get it in there good and deep. I'm sure some critter or another will appreciate the extra protein and fat that you're providing during the cold winter months.
...or into the breadcrumbs.
Now all you have to do is hang them outside in a tree. It helps to have a low tree, and/or a tall son, to hang them.
How about you... Do you have a bird feeder in your yard? I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment to say hello!