Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Cheerios Valentine - For The Birds

It is cold here in Chicago. It's cold enough that we no longer have to send winter gear with the wee ones because they are no longer sent outside for recess. It's a mixed blessing.

On top of that - literally - came the blizzard that has buried everything. Driving home, a hardware store has a sign reminding us that birds are starving right now because their food supply is hidden. Little Miss had a great idea to help them.

With Valentine's Day around the corner, they've been crafting it up in kindergarten, and she's been trying to find ways to do something similar at home. She suggested that we make a valentine for the birds because they need someone to love them this winter.

After we discussed the inability of birds to read, we tried to figure out what they'd like. We decided to make a valentine for them out of Cheerios shaped like a heart - because we thought birds might maybe recognize shapes. After we scratched our heads for awhile, we hit upon it.

I found a white ribbon that we used to string Cheerios. We quickly discovered that it was far easier with our ribbon to use a piece of tape to make the end more conducive to stringing, just like a shoelace. Little Miss had a blast putting it together.

Once we'd strung our ... lots and lots of Cheerios (we started out counting, but we gave up after we lost count a couple times), we found an open place in our yard where we knew birds fly. We very carefully arranged it into the shape of a heart, and then we waited for the birds to come snack at their very special valentine.

So what are you doing special for Valentine's Day?

I am also giving away a Progresso Souper You Debut gift pack here.

Oh, and while you're at it, I finally set up a Facebook Fan page for my blog. It's way overdue. Go like me on Facebook if you would so I can get an official username - once I get enough likes. You can also follow me on Twitter, too, if you're so inclined.

In the interest of full disclosure, Cheerios sent me two boxes of Cheerios and a spring themed gift pack that really makes me wish it were spring now. There is no compensation involved as a member of the Cheerios Blogger Circle.


Melisa Wells February 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM  

SO cute. I'm glad that "we" thought of that. :)

Tara R. February 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM  

I'm sure your birds will appreciate their special Valentine

Susie February 11, 2011 at 5:41 AM  

That is so sweet!!!

Unknown February 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

Cute, have the birds come to nibble yet?

Pat February 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

What a great idea--so sweet, too!

Michelle February 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

Melisa - What? You don't think both of us thought of it? Doubter. Really, I had a big hand in the ideation aspect.

Tara - They so did. It is just about gone now - I love how they pecked at it and stole the Cheerios. Now that I think about it, I'm lucky they didn't fly off with the whole thing!

Susie - Thanks, I'm glad you think so :)

Megryansmom - Why yes they have! I think they've figured out it's there, and they are happy!

Pat - It was fun, and a great small motor exercise for Little Miss, too ;)

Kim Moldofsky February 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

So clever! What a fun idea that's easy for little ones.

Michelle February 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM  

Kim - Gotta love the ideas that are easy for them, too. She was soooo proud of it, too!

septembermom February 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

Jillian would love this idea! Very creative and fun :) Love the pictures too.

Michelle April 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

Kelly - I bet she would! It's about as ummm crafty as I get sometimes. But she loved it!

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