Birdhouse Painting Family Activity
We have a tropical tree - Bauhinia - don't get one, with the charming quality of blooming in March and then losing its leaves just in time to look like death all summer long. Oh, and if you happened to look it up on Google and are now thinking it's the most beautiful tree you ever seen and I'm crazy and you love it and you're going to get one, be warned that in addition to losing all of its leaves as other trees are getting them, it also grows foot long pods that pop open spreading seeds all over your yard, and then dry up and fall on the ground in giant sawdust curls.
Since we moved to our house, I've been trying to think of something I could do to the tree in summer to make it look a little more festive and a little less dead. And last time my parents came for a visit, I finally came up with an answer. Painting birdhouses!
This was the perfect, group activity that allowed us to all participate and didn't mean we had to get everyone dressed and out of the house at the same time. It kept everybody entertained, and had a nice outcome. As far as the price, considering that it engaged us all for an hour, $50 for 6 wooden birdhouses and some acrylic paint wasn't bad.
We hung the colorful birdhouses in the Bauhinia to make it seem a little nicer all summer. And when Gordon's mother came we did it again, so our tree got even more colorful. We'd planned to leave them up indefinitely, but they did start falling apart in the first rain, so we took them down for the winter.