Kids will love making the goopy mixture and hanging the colorful "baskets" from trees and shrubs.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats or cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 2 bowls
  • knife
  • spoon
  • small wooden skewer or nail
  • 4 pieces light twine or heavy string, each 8 to 10 inches long

Step 1: Prepare the Baskets

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Use a sharp knife to cut the oranges in half. With a spoon, scoop out the fruit into a bowl, working carefully to avoid cutting through the rind. Don't worry about getting out every bit of fruit; it's fine if some sticks to the rind. Set the removed fruit aside for snacking or fruit salad.

On each of the four rinds, use a small wooden skewer or a nail to poke one hole in the rind, then make another directly opposite the first hole. Thread the end of one piece of string or twine through each hole (use the skewer or nail to help push it through the holes, if necessary) and tie it.

Step 2: Mix the Filling

Place peanut butter in an empty bowl. Add 1 cup cornmeal or rolled oats and 1/4 cup raisins or sunflower seeds (if desired) and stir or knead them into the peanut butter. The resulting mixture should be slightly sticky. If it's more crumbly than sticky, chop up a tablespoon or two of the fruit you removed in the previous step and work it into the mixture to add moisture.

Step 3: Fill the Baskets

While holding the string or twine handle out of the way, pack some of the peanut butter mixture into each of the four rinds.

Step 4: Hang the Basket Outdoors

Carry the filled baskets outside and hang them from a shrub or tree for the birds to enjoy. Deciduous shrubs and trees with short, sturdy twigs are ideal; evergreen shoots may not be sturdy enough to support the weight of the baskets.

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