Whilst we are filling up our baskets with Christmas delights, don’t forget about our little friends outside – those Robins need feeding too! This Christmas, a great indoor activity to do with the kids (if the cold weather gets the better of you!) is making these delightful Christmas-themed bird feeders. Winter is a tough old time for our birds as food supplies are low and they need a lot of energy-rich food to build their fat reserves. So why not lend a helping hand? These bird feeders will entertain the children, engage them with nature and bring wildlife straight to your door!
What you will need:
- Lard or suet
- Bird seed
- Breadcrumbs, raisins, currents, peanuts (not essential but jazzes up the bird seed)
- Parchment paper
- Christmas cookie cutters
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, 2 parts dry to 1 part lard/suet
- Melt lard/suet in a saucepan and add to the bowl of dry ingredients (child supervision needed!)
- Mix everything together
- Line a baking tray with parchement
- Grease the cookie cutters and place them onto the tray
- Spoon the birdseed mix into the cookie cutters and press the mixture down firmly to pack it into the cookie cutters (this will ensure the bird feeder doesn’t just fall apart!)
- Cut straws into about 3 inch pieces and pop a straw into the top of the bird feed cookie cutters, these will create holes for the string!
- Leave to set for 3-4 hours then carefully remove from the cookie cutters.
- Carefully remove the straws and put the bird feeders in the fridge to set overnight
- Once the ornaments are fully dry, run a piece of string through the hole at the top and hang on a tree for the birds to enjoy!
If making that bird feeder sounds like seedy business to you, here’s an easier option and one that younger children can enjoy.
What you will need:
- Pipe cleaners, roughly 12 inches
- Bend your pipe cleaner into whatever shape you fancy – Christmas tree, love heart, star, bauble, let your creative juices flow!
- Thread the cheerios onto the pipe cleaner (good for building those fine motor skills)
- Once the pipe cleaners are fully threaded, twist the ends together and tie the string/ribbon
- Hang up outside and enjoy
If you get a snap of of a bird enjoying this treat (or just the pretty bird feeder itself!) upload it to Instagram and tag @isabelkingsford.wildlifestyle and I will share them all on my page! Can’t wait to see them!