Spring is here, finally! Feathered friends will be hunting for food, so my grandchildren and I spent this week-end making cookies for the birds. Don't they look adorable hanging from the trees.
I thought you would love the recipe to make these treats for your backyard friends too. Here's what you will need:
- 3/4 Cup flour
- 1/2 Cup water
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 3 TBS Karo corn syrup
- 4 cups of wild birdseed
- Mixing bowl
- Wax paper or non-stick spray
- Cookie Sheet
- cookie cutters
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl except bird seed and mix until well combined. Mix in birdseed. Spray your cookie sheet with the non-stick spray or line with the wax paper. Spread the bird feed evenly on the cookie sheet. Use the cutters to cut out shapes. You may find it easier to fill the cookie cutters by the spoonful. Fill the cutters completely and pack down, so they will be nice and thick.
We used a birdhouse, bird and the sun cookie cutters to create the treats. Use whatever you have on hand that the kids will enjoy using. Once the cookies are created, use a straw to make a hole at the top of each cookie. Allow the treats to harden over night. Once the cookies become hard, place twine through the hole of each cookie. Place them on tree branches and bushes, and go bird watching. My grandson thinks the cookies are cool, and enjoys watching the birds eat the treats through the windows.
This is a fun craft to make throughout the year and especially on rainy days. Get the kids involved in gardening and nature. Be sure to make extra, you can keep them in the freezer and use them to feed our feathered friends throughout the year. Does anyone know the species of the bird in the top photos?