Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Making easy no-gelatine bird feeders!

We read recently that the first week in March is very difficult if you’re a feathered friend, being one of the times that birds most struggle to find food.

We decided to make some treats for the birds in our street to enjoy, but struggled to find a recipe that didn’t contain corn syrup (unavailable in the UK) or gelatine (not something vegetarians or vegans will have in their kitchen). So we put together a recipe kind of made up of different recipes we saw, and it seemed to work really well. 

We shared the activity on Instagram stories and had a lot of requests to share how we made them, so thought we would put it into a blog post! 

For the recipe we used:

2 cups (approx. 480ml) of seeds (we had a mix of different seeds at home but good ones are sunflower, millet and flax )
1/4 cup (approx. 60ml) of flour
2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs 
1/4 cup (approx. 60ml) of water 
A tablespoon of golden syrup 
A couple of teaspoons of peanut butter 

We also used:

Foil/baking paper
Heart shaped cutters 
Baking tray 
Some string

Put the ingredients all together in a bowl and give them a big stir - Oskar really enjoyed helping with this part. The mixture seems quite dry at first but becomes stickier the more you stir.

Put the mixture onto a sheet of baking paper or foil, onto a firm surface - we used Oskar’s craft table as it’s low down enough for him to be able to help. 

Flatten the mixture out to about 1/2 inch thick, and stamp out some shapes - we used two different sizes of hearts. Again Oskar really enjoyed this part. 

Transfer the shapes carefully - we used a small spatula (perhaps don’t get your child to help with this bit unless they are older and have careful steady hands!) onto a foil/paper lined baking tray. 
Next you need to make some holes in the shapes - don’t put these too close to the edge. 
We used a plastic straw we had hanging around in a drawer - a good way to reuse plastic straws! We don’t use them often but when we need them for drinks in summer we will be buying some stainless steel reusable ones. 

Leave the shapes overnight to set - we turned ours over a couple of times so they really dried out. 
We then threaded string through them, and tied them in the trees - try and tie them to branches that are above other branches, so the birds have somewhere to perch whilst they snack! 

Oskar really enjoyed both making the treats and hanging them outside, and we did too! But most importantly, we are giving our feathered friends a much needed meal as winter draws to an end. Let us know if you give these a try and how they work out! 

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