Friday, 14 December 2012

Making bird feeders

A great frugal activity for the winter is to make some bird feeders.  These can be hung from a fence or your kids climbing frame if you have one.  We love feeding the birds as we can then sit and watch them and learn more about them.

Materials (for Preschoolers)
  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Twine or string
  • Birdseed (Ours was from the pound shop)
  1. Put your peanut butter in a bowl and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to soften it
  2. Tie the twine or string to the top of your pine cone and make a loup to hanf the cones
  3. Add some bird seed in to the peanut butter
  4. Take the peanut butter and seed mix and squish in to the pine cones
  5. Refrigerate overnight then hang out for the birds,

Materials: (For 5 plus)
  • birdseed (I got mine from the pound shop)
  • block or lard
  • twine or string
  • cookie cutter
  • wax paper
  1. Pop your block of lard in a large heatproof bowl and place over a pan filled with simmering water.  The aim is to soften not melt the lard.
  2. Take the pan off the heat
  3. Stir in the bird seed
  4. lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper or baking parchment and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.
  5. Cut your twine, knot the end and push the knot down into your birdseed.
  6. Continue to fill the rest of the cookie cutter with  birdseed, covering the end of your twine and knot.
  7. Press down on the birdseed so it is compact.
  8. Allow them to dry overnight and then remove from the cookie cutters and hang them on your garden climbing frame


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