It wouldn’t be fall without reading one of the classics, Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. It’s one of my favorites and now that my children are starting to ask questions about why the leaves are changing colors, I thought it was a perfect time to introduce them to the book. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf goes through the life cycle of a tree and does a really great job of explaining it to a young child.
I totally jumped on the DIY Bird Feeder bandwagon. I just can’t seem to pass up a fun, engaging and messy activity with my kids. Maybe it’s because I’m a former teacher, but I’m always looking for learning activities to go with a book after we finish reading it so that the learning continues long after the book is finished. And this book makes it easy because at the end of the book there is a suggested activity to make a bird feeder. This recipe is from a local bird store, so it’s safe for the birds.
Quite honestly, I had it in my head that birds would flock to the trees as soon as these were hung. Not the case. The fact of the matter is, we didn’t actually see a bird get to the birdfeeders at all. The squirrels were right at them within the hour (more than likely because the birdseed we used had peanuts in them and they did smell pretty good). However, we still enjoyed talking about the birdfeeders and how it’s hard for birds (and squirrels) to find food through the winter. It was a blast and pretty hilarious to try and explain to three 3-year-olds why they can’t/shouldn’t eat the bird seed (but the birds can). 🙂 Enjoy!
DIY Bird Feeders
4 cups Bird Seed* (I bought this bag)
4 packets of Knox Gelatin
1 1/3 cup Water
Cookie Cutters (I used these)
1 – Add gelatin to water and stir until dissolved. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.
2 – Once simmering, remove from heat and add to the bird seed until thoroughly blended.
3 – While the bird seed mix is cooling, spray the cookie cutters with cooking spray and lay on top of parchment paper (it is also helpful to put the parchment paper on baking sheets to easily move the bird feeders into the refrigerator).
4 – Spoon the birdseed mix into the cookie cutter while inserting a straw to create a hole for hanging the bird feeder.
6 – Refrigerate for 1 hour or until solid.
7 – Remove the cookie cutters and straws and tie with the twine to hang outside.
8 – Enjoy!
*Please note: many bird feed mixes now contain peanuts. Please be careful when selecting the bird seed in case one of your little ones has an allergy.*
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