Bird Feeders

Bake, mold or pour. There is something here for every age and skill.

Bake, mold or pour. There is something here for every age and skill.

As the start of the New Year dawns, I am becoming more aware of the different skill level and interests of my three young daughters.

My 6-year-old Ava is reading and inquisitive and ready to do more in the kitchen than I am comfortable with her doing. 4-year-old Sophie is content to follow my lead and learn how to measure and scoop ingredients. However, 2-year-old Grace is getting lost in the fray. Her motor skills are still developing, as is her attention span. She wants to be part of the action but is having a hard time keeping up with her older sisters.

To keep us all together, I looked to the birds for inspiration. I found three different home made bird feeders that worked perfectly for each age group.

Baked Bird Feeders

For the six year old’s bird feeder, I taught her to seperate an egg. She added bird seed and with my supervision baked her bird feeders in the oven.

Step up the culinary skills- separate your eggs.

Step up their culinary skills- teach them to crack and separate your eggs.

What you will need.

  • Muffin Tin
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup of birdseed
  • Heavy string or ribbon
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Separate the eggs, reserving the egg-whites in a bowl. Beat the eggwhites until fluffy but not stiff. Add birdseed and stir to combine.

Cut a length of wire for each pot. Twist one end of each wire into a loop. Fold under so that wire stands up as you add the seed. Leave the tails of the wire long enough to wrap around the branches in your tree.

Pour birdseed mixture into sprayed muffin tin. Press firmly.

Bake for 60 until muffin is firm. Remove from oven. While pot is still warm, turn and remove bird feeders. Allow to cool. Then hang.

Gelatin Bird Feeder

This bird feeder was great for my 2 year old daughter. She added bird seed to the cookie cutter of her choice, then patted the seed in place. A quick project and a great confidence builder.

Gelatin Birdseed Feeders made by a 2 year old.

Gelatin Bird Feeders match the 2-year-old skill level and attention span.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup birdseed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small envelope of knox gelatin
  • twine or string
  • cookie cutters
  • parchment paper

Mix the envelope of gelatin with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a simmer while stirring, until dissolved.

Remove from heat and let cool for a minute. Stir in birdseed. Add a little more if gelatin is not fully incorporated.

Lay cookie cutters out on parchment paper and fill half way with birdseed mixture. Add a length of knotted string and continue to fill.   Dry overnight. Turn over a couple of times to dry thoroughly  Remove from cookie cutter and hang.

Ice Bird Feeders

The perfect bird feeder for a 4 year old. It is not necessary, but to create a teachable moment I had Sophie measure out each ingredients. I let her judge weather or not more water, fruit or seed was needed.

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Choose random measurements and ask your kids to fill their cups accordingly.

You will need:

  • Berries, apples or other small pieces of fruit
  • Bird Seed
  • Bunt pan
  • Heavy string or ribbon

Place fruit in a single layer on the bottom of the bunt pan. Gently poor water on top. Add bird seed until seed is just damp. Place in freezer or on your back step. When frozen hang with a heavy string or ribbon from your tree.

What’s next?

Sibling rivalry of course. We hung the three bird feeders in the same tree, at the same height. We will wait to see which feeders attracts the most attention from our feathered friends.

I’m betting on the ice.  How about you?

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  1. Very Clever ideas. I wish we could have bird feeders in our yard, but with the birds come snakes (oh the joy of living in Texas) and i can’t take the chance one of my puppies would be bitten.
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