A Simple Winter Activity To Do With The Kids

As we are still in a pandemic, a lot of the winter activities I would normally do with the kids are out (like going to the Discovery Center or Children’s Museum). I confess I’ve allowed way more screen time this past year than I normally would (we gotta keep our sanity somehow) but I also try to make them take breaks for some educational and creative activities.

I remember making simple bird feeders to help wild birds during the winter as a kid, and wanted to recreate this for my kids. It’s simple, fun to do together, and great for the environment.

What You’ll Need

Birdseed

Gelatin

Water

Straws

Parchment Paper

Cookie Cutters

Twine

Directions

Bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil

Add in one packet of unflavored gelatin and stir until dissolved (about 2 minutes)

Remove from heat and let cool slightly

Stir in 3/4 cup of birdseed

Place 3 cookie cutters on parchment paper and fill them with the birdseed mixture

Use a second piece of parchment paper on top to press the birdseed down firmly into the cookie cutters

Cut a straw into thirds and put a piece of straw into each filled cookie cutters to create a hole

Put the filled cookie cutters into the freezer for 20 minutes

Remove from freezer and allow to slightly warm for about 5 minutes, then gently push the birdseed out of the cookie cutters

Remove the straw pieces and thread the twine or string through the hole and tie into a loop

Hang outside and have fun bird watching!

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