Have your kids find and identify the pine cones of the conifers in your neighborhood. Fun fact: Cones from our plentiful local Douglas firs are actually fir cones! A copy of "Mac’s Field Guides: Northwest Trees" helps with distinctions among different kinds of cones. The guides are good for other flora, birds and bugs, too, and they're laminated so sticky hands can use them again and again.
The craft opportunities with pine cones are endless, from pine-cone owls to wreaths and snowmen. Display them in a Mason jar, a basket or other containers at home.