This week my nanny child and I made some homemade bird treats. It’s very simple and you don’t need many items at all. It’s a nice little activity to do with children to encourage them to be interested in wildlife.
You need these items for the homemade bird treats:
- Unflavoured gelatine powder
- Wild bird feed
- Cookie cutters
- First you need to mix the gelatine powder in a saucepan with a little bit of water. I used two sachets of the picture above.
- Once the gelatine and water has blended together, it’s time to mix in the bird feed. Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool a little.
- Meanwhile, you could pick the cookie cutters you would like to use for the bird treats. We picked a car, a train, a gingerbread man, a teddy bear, a star and square. Once you have picked the shapes you want, set the cookie cutters flat on a plate.
- Once the mixture had cooled enough, I let my three year old nanny charge spoon the mixture into the cookie cutters. We used a straw to poke a hole at the top of each bird treat so once dried we could add some string through to hang up.
- Once you have spooned the mixture into the cookie cutters just pop the plates into the fridge for at least an hour for the mixture to set.
- Once the mixture has set you can use some string to thread through the little hole made. Tie up the string and hang up outside for the birdies!
I think they look really sweet! Let me know how it goes for you and feel free to share what shapes you decide to pick!