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
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!