With winter going full speed and freezing temperatures showing up all over the map, it is hard to do outside activities. With this activity, you get to make something to place outside and watch through the window from where it’s nice and warm. This bird seed dough is so much fun to make, and since it is peanut butter free, it makes it safe for everyone!
What you will need:
- 1/3 Cup of Flour
- 1/4 Cup of Water
- 1 packet of Gelatin
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Corn Syrup
- 2 Cups of Bird Seed
- Drinking Straw
- Cookie cutters
- Mixing bowl and Spoon
- Mat or Foil to put your seed on
- Cookie sheet (optional)
How to make your own birdseed dough:
1. Put 2 cups of bird seed in a bowl
2. Add 1/3 Cup of flour
3. Next put in 1 1/2 Tablespoons of corn syrup
4. Then add 1 pouch of gelatin
5. Last add your 1/4 of water
Now mix well until all your ingredients are incorporated nicely and it looks something like this:
Tip: Your mixture will be a bit sticky, but that’s okay!
Now the fun part!
The next step is to pat out your dough, this dough is too sticky to roll. Grab a mat or some foil and lay it on the table with a bit of cooking spray or oil on it to keep it from sticking. Once it’s on the mat, you can pat it out flat with your hands until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
Next, use your cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the dough. While your seed dough is still in the cookie cutter, slide it off the mat and onto a baking sheet. Just press you dough back together so you can cut more.
This recipe makes about 12-15 bird seed feeders.
Before you bake the feeders, use a drinking straw to make a hole in each one so you can hang them when they cool.
Now its time to bake them! Put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes (it depends on how big and thick yours turn out). You will know they are done when they are hard.
Tip: You can let the bird feeders air dry, but you need to let them sit over night until they are hard. (This can be a long wait for little ones.)
When your feeders are completely cooled (about 30 minutes), you can tie string to them so you can hang them in the trees for the birds to eat!
Now you’re ready to hang! We hung some right outside the window so that we could watch the birds enjoy their new treats.
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This post was written by Katie Myers exclusively for Bonbon Break Media, LLC