The Kids Page
Agriculture through the eyes
of a child
To the right is a slideshow of farms created
by Winner Elementary students to celebrate Winner Area Ag Appreciation Week, March 20-26, 2011. This project was sponsored by the Winner Area Chamber
of Commerce and the SD Cooperative Extension-Tripp County.
Scroll below for fun activivties the kids can enjoy! We have a word search and several
craft projects. If you would like to complete
one of the craft projects and email us a
photo of your creation along with your name,
we will publish it on this page!
Words of Winner
Pinecone Bird Feeder
What You Need:
- Pinecones – one for each feeder that you want to make, the bigger and more open they are, the better
- Lard, suet or creamy peanut butter
- Oats or cornmeal
- Bird seed
- Sunflower seeds
- String or twist ties
- Pie tin or paper plate
- Mixing bowl
- Spoon or other mixing utensil
- Using a 1 part to 5 part ratio, combine the lard, suet or peanut butter with the oats or corn meal. (Example: 1/2C suet to 2 1/2C corn meal. A good measure is about 1/2C lard, suet or peanut butter per each large pinecone.) Mix well.
- Using the spatula, cover the pinecones with the mixture.
- Pour the bird seed and sunflower seeds into the pie tin or paper plate and mix together. Roll the pinecones around in the seed mixture to cover.
- Using the string or twist ties, hang the pinecones from a tree branch outside.
Idea: Find a tree branch that’s close to a window of your home. Keep a notebook and pen next to the window and record the different birds you see.
What You Need:
- 1 Piece of cardboard, tag board, card stock or construction paper
- Crayons, markers or paints
- A plastic or paper grocery bag
- Go for a walk outside with an adult. Look for interesting things in nature such as leaves, feathers, flowers, pebbles and etc. Collect these items in your grocery bag.
- When you return from your walk, take the items out of the bag and lay them out on a table or work surface and use them to make a picture collage by gluing them to the card stock. You may need to use the scissors to cut down larger items or cut them into different shapes. Use the crayons, markers or paints to enhance the items, draw around them or fill in blank spaces in your collage. You might need to gently clean some of the items in order to get them to properly stick to the card stock.
Note: Only collect items from public property. NO NOT go into someone’s yard or property to collect an item. DO NOT pick flowers from someone’s flower bed. DO NOT approach any wild or strange animals or disturb any nests.
Idea: Take a separate grocery bag with to collect any garbage that you might come across. It’s a good idea to wear a pair of gloves if you’re going to do this.
Terra Cotta Pot Wind Chimes
What You Need:
- 2 – 4 terra cotta pots in graduating sizes
- 1 – 3/4” or 1” wooden bead
- Approx. 1 1/2 to 2 yards of twine or jute rope
- 1 – 2 washers (larger than the hole at the bottom of the pot with a large enough opening to thread the rope through
- Acrylic paints and painting supplies
- Newspaper to protect your work surface
- Paint your pots. Be creative. Play with different shapes and colors. Draw inspiration from nature. Make them look really cool. (You might also want to paint the wooden bead while you’re at it.) Let them dry completely before moving on.
- Idea: After the pots dry, apply a coat of acrylic sealant to help the paint last longer. Let dry again before continuing
- Assemble your wind chime. Thread the bead onto the rope and tie a knot at one end. Snug the bead up against the knot.
- Tie another knot about 1 1/2” from the bead. Thread the washer on the rope and rest it on top of the knot and then thread the end of the rope through the hole in the bottom of the smallest pot from inside to outside. The pot should hang upside down.
- Tie another knot about 1 1/2” to 2” from the bottom of the smallest pot. Thread another washer on the rope and rest it on top of the knot and then thread the rope through the hole in the bottom of the next largest pot from inside to outside. (At this point it should go: knot at one end of the rope, wooden bead, knot, washer, pot, knot, washer, pot).
- Repeat this last step until you have all of your pots threaded onto the rope. The idea is that the pots slightly next inside each other and bang together to make the noise. You may have to adjust the spacing between the knots on the rope to get the right effect.
- Finally, make a loop at the other end of the rope to hang your wind chime from. (You may need to cut away any excess rope.) Hang your new wind chime and enjoy!
Note: Make sure to take your wind chime down during severe weather and high winds to keep it from breaking. You also might want to store your wind chime indoors during the winter.