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Bird Seed Biscuits: A Fun Winter Craft for Kids


Bird Seed Biscuits for Winter Time Fun for kids from WholesomeMommy.com

The kids and I have been talking about animals and the things they do in the winter time.  Judah was particularly interested in birds.  He sees the birds that hang out around the restaurants downtown in the spring and summer.  They swoop down and eat the bread crumbs and the kids love watching them while we eat outdoors. Judah declares that he “saw his birdie friend,” each time we go.  Apparently, he believes it is the same bird that “comes to visit him” when we visit this particular establishment.  This same bird also apparently comes to visit him in parking lots, in other places around town, and even flies many, many miles to visit him while we’re visiting his grandparents {my inlaws} two states away! This kid cracks me up.

So, when I suggested we make bird seed biscuits to hang outside around our house, he was all in!  Immediately he declared, “my birdie friend will love these!’  We picked up all the supplies we needed at Walmart - and you’ll likely have some of the materials already at home.

Bird Seed Biscuit Materials from WholesomeMommy.com

To get started all you need is:

  • a cup of boiling water
  • 4 oz. of plain gelatin {a whole box of Knox}
  • 3 cups of wild bird seed

You’ll also need just a few, basic materials you likely have around the house:

Bird Seed Biscuits in the molds from WholesomeMommy.com

To start, you mix the gelatin into the water. Then, immediately add the bird seed and stir. Fill the molds or cookie cutters with the bird seed mixture.  Then, use the the straw to keep a hole in the shape so you’ll be able to put a string through the bird seed biscuit once it is dry.  Make sure the mixture is packed in well.

Pop the pan into the frezer or fridge to solidify faster.  Once the biscuits are dry you can pop them out of the molds. If they are stuck, dip them in a little warm water and they should slide right out. Take the straws out and string them with twine or other string so that you can hang them in tree branches around your home.  This will make about 10 to 12 bird seed biscuits depending on the size of your molds/cookie cutters.

Bird Seed Biscuits - A winter time project for kids from WholesomeMommy.com

Make sure to hang some close enough that you can spot the birds that come to visit! That’s the best part!

If you’ve never done any bird watching, now is a great time to start. The 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 14 through February 17.  You can read all about it and how you can get involved with your kiddos here.

You’ll want to get a field guide of some sort to use with the kids. Mine love figuring out which ones visit our yard. The bird fandex guide is one of our favorites! It has big colorful cut outs of each bird. Or if you like a guide you can take on the go that will not tear up easily – check out this folded backyard bird guide.   My son also has a kid’s pair of binoculars for watching. They make it easier to determine the species we’re seeing – and they are just plain fun!

Bird Seed Biscuits from WholesomeMommy.com

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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Comments

  1. Just gave this a try and it was an epic fail! It didn’t get solid enough, the string pulled right through. :o ) A couple things I learned:

    1. slowly add the gelatin to the water so that it doesn’t clump too much. Perhaps one of the reasons it’s didn’t get solid enough is that I had a lot of clumpy gelatin. I used “Now” brand so it may require a different amount to be solid enough.

    2. I think I will try leaving the straw in the hole to help prevent too much pressure on 1 spot.

    3. On longer molds, I’m going to add another straw towards the bottom for a perch. I was wondering how the birds will be able to eat it if they have nowhere to land?

    4. On the other molds, the straw will be longer for a perch. I’ll slice the top of the straw a bit to give the string a place to go so it’s not in the way.

    5. The molds should be placed with the rim facing up, like with cookie cutting. Otherwise, there could be issues with demolding (I have a few different issues!)

    So, all-in-all, a great learning experience. I took the first batch and remelted it, added some more water and gelatin and bird seed to make it a different consistency. It’s in the freezer now. Hoping for success this time!

    Thanks for sharing the info about the GBBC. I can’t wait to participate! Here’s an app you might be interested to ID birds: http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

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