My friend Chrissy is always coming up with creative ideas and recently she read a book that sparked a home school party. "The After-Christmas Tree" by Linda Wagner Tyler is about a family that stood their Christmas tree outside, then decorated it for the birds. We strung garlands of dried fruits (prunes, raisins, cranberries), Cheerios and popcorn. We made pinecone feeders by spreading the pinecones with shortening and rolling them in bird seed. We also coated pita bread wedges the same way and hung those on the tree.
It was downright COLD, but we had fun, anyway.