## Home Activity

### What's The Point

Combine the fun of feeding your local birds and building your child’s measuring and fraction skills while you create a homemade bird feeder.

### Related Game

Flower Flier – The Hummingbird Power Suits need nectar to keep them going. Help the Kratt Brothers make it to their various destinations by lapping up just the right amount of nectar for the journey.

• Identify local birds and what they eat
• Build measurement and fraction skills

### Book Suggestions

• Fractions = Trouble!
by Claudia Mills
• Piece = Part = Portion
by Scott Gifford
• Whole-y Cow! Fractions are Fun
by Taryn Souders

### Supplies

• Measuring cups
• Pinecone or whole fruit (such as an apple)
• Peanut butter
• Peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, and cranberries for bird seed mixture
• Mixing bowl
• String

### How Do I Do It?

Gather Bird Information and Measure Bird Feeder Materials
1. Invite your child to observe the birds around your neighborhood. Explain that bird feeders are a fun way to attract birds. Today you get to make one using fractions!
2. If you have individual measuring cups, have your child lay them out from smallest (1/4 cup) to biggest (1 cup). If you have a single measuring cup, help your child identify the fractions on the side of the cup. Explain that a fraction is a part of a whole.
3. Measure ¼ cup of each of the following: peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds and cranberries. Pour these into a mixing bowl.
4. Explain to your child that the four parts of the birdseed mixture equal one whole batch of birdseed. Then ask:
• Seeds make up what fraction of the mixture? (1/4)
• Nuts make up what fraction of the mixture? (1/4)
• Fruits make up what fraction of the mixture? (1/2)
5. Measure 1/3 cup peanut butter.
• How many 1/3 cups of peanut butter would it take to get one cup?