I’ve been wanting to make these “birdseed cookies” for a long time. They make the perfect DIY Winter Bird Feeder to help our feathered friends though the cold months. So this is a great activity to do together as an act of kindness, which is the theme for this week!
For more on the theme and the featured book for this week, as well as more great activities to go with it, be sure to check out the end of this post!
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Birdseed Cookie Winter Bird Feeder Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin
- 1.5 cups birdseed
- muffin/cupcake pan
- non-stick cooking spray
- Optional: “Decorations” like dried berries, oats, nuts, etc, and salt free peanut butter (crisco can be used for those allergic to peanuts).
Auduban has a list of Top 10 foods for Winter Bird Feeding for some ideas.
How to Make Birdseed Cookies to feed birds:
- Sprinkle 1 packet of gelatin into 1/4 cup of water.
- Let sit for about 1 minute.
- An adult should heat water and gelatin mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds (until hot, but not boiling). Carefully stir.
- Add the birdseed to the gelatin mixture and stir until mixed well.
- Spay a muffin pan with non-stick cooking oil (I used coconut oil).
- Spoon the birdseed/gelatin mixture into the muffin pan (ours didn’t fill all of the sections of our pan).
- Press and flatten each one.
- Push a piece of a straw into each, making sure it reaches the bottom. Don’t put them too close to the edge because the edge is weaker. You may even want to put the straw directly through the center.
- Press around the straw to make sure it’s secure.
- Put the muffin pan into the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The birdseed cookies should be hardened when set. Don’t take them out before they are hardened!
- Take the birdseed cookies out of the pan. I used a butter knife to slide along the edge and they popped out easily that way.
- Remove the straw and tie a string through the hole.
- Hang on a tree outside and watch the birds enjoy their treat!
- Tips for hanging these birdseed cookie bird feeders:
- It is best to only use these bird feeders during winter months when it is cold outside so they don’t go bad.
- Be sure to hang the birdseed cookies at least 5 feet off of the ground so dogs and other animals can’t reach them.
- Try hanging them in different areas around the yard, like trees and shrubs.
- Be sure to avoid areas that get a lot of strong wind and rain.
Optional: Decorate Your Birdseed Cookie Bird Feeders!
**NOTE: Be sure the birdseed cookies are completely hardened before decorating so they don’t weaken and fall apart**
This step is mostly just for fun, but the birds are sure to enjoy it too. We wanted to decorate our bird feeders, so we used peanut butter (salt and sugar free) as “frosting” and dried berries and rolled oats as “sprinkles”. We also picked out some bigger pieces of cracked corn and sunflower seeds from the birdseed we had. It was fun to put a little extra care into our creations.
Kindness Week with the Virtual Book Club for Kids:
This week is all about kindness with the Virtual Book Club for Kids, so we are exploring that theme while we learn what it means to be kind and about acts of kindness.
The featured book is The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. In this take on the popular Aesop’s fable, we see Pinkney’s beautiful artwork tell the story.
Activities about Kindness:
Making Birdseed Cookies to Feed Winter Birds – To be a Kid Again <-You are here!
Preschool Gratitude Journal-CraftCreateCalm
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