Mary Poppins did it and now your kids can, too. We made these Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders at the preschool recently and they were SUPER easy and the kids did EVERYTHING! There is no cooking by a hot stove required so the kids were able to do the whole project at the table with me!
Here’s what we used for the project…
- Bird seed
- boiling water
- straws cut into 2 inch pieces
- some baker’s twine or ribbon
- cookie cutters
What to do…
I started off by putting 2/3 cups of water in a mixing bowl and microwaving it for 2 minutes. The kids then put 2 packets of gelatin in the boiling water and mixed. It is a bit smelly — the kids did not like the way it smelled at all!
Next, we measured out our bird seed ( 2 cups). We used a “wild bird” variety, but I think pretty much any type would work as long as the seeds and bits are not too big – I think a finer blend works best in this case.
Next, we covered a tray in parchment paper and laid out our cookie cutters.
Using a teaspoon, the kids filled each cookie cutter with seed. Because the mixture gets really sticky, we covered the cookie cutters with a layer of parchment and the kids pressed the seeds down into the moulds.
Then, we popped the entire tray into the fridge and let them set for a couple of hours before taking them out and letting them dry out on the counter. We left them for most of the day, and before I went home, I flipped them over so that the bottoms could dry out, too. (It’s a bit awkward to flip them with the straw sticking out the way it is, but you could trim the straw if you liked.)
The next morning, we gently popped the shapes out of their moulds. Then we placed ribbon through the holes that the straws had made. Viola – pretty little bird feeder for the hungry birds