by carrieJanuary 2nd, 2011 | Posted in craft, Sandbox Press | No Comments »
January’s Sandbox Press article features a fun project to help your little one’s stay in touch with their friends in nature on even the coldest days!
When the cold weather hits, it seems like we rarely get outside to enjoy nature. This month’s craft lets your children enjoy the birds that stick around throughout the winter– from the comfort of inside your home! These feeders let your little ones create special treats for their feathered friends and hang them from the empty branches of trees. My son can sit still by the window for a surprisingly long time when there are birds or other wildlife in the yard enjoying his homemade treat.
These hanging bird feeders can be made with any bird food but you can buy varieties that attract the common birds of our Delaware winters. Let your children choose fun shaped cookie cutters for the feeders; this recipe made sixteen bird feeders but will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutters. They can be made in under an hour but take a few hours to dry and harden.
3/4 cup Flour, 1/2 cup Water, 1 Envelope unflavored gelatin, 3 tbsp. Corn syrup, 4 cups Birdseed, Cookie cutters in a variety of shapes, Nonstick spray, Cookie sheet, Waxed paper, Drinking straws, Ribbon or string
- Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large bowl. Stir to mix well.
- Add the birdseed and mix until well combined.
- Spray your cookie cutters with the nonstick spray and place in one layer on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.
- Spoon some birdseed mixture into each mold. Pack it down and make the tops smooth with the bottom of a measuring cup.
- Cut your straws into 1 inch pieces. Press a piece of straw into the top of each mold making sure it goes all of the way through.
- Leave the birdseed molds to dry for at least 2 hours. Then remove the straws, flip and unmold each feeder. Allow to dry at least 2 more hours or overnight.
- When completely dry and hardened, string some ribbon through the hole in each feeder. Hang from a tree and wait for the birds to arrive!
Check out the birds enjoying a snack here!!