Our little feathered friends are famished in the spring! Spring is the season when birds return from their winter migration and start nesting. During the spring parents need lots of food so their babies have the right nutrients to grow. Also, the availability of natural food for wild birds doesn’t really peak until late summer and early fall. Here is one type of bird feeder you can make at home with your kids.
2 cups bird seed
2 packs of gelatine
3/4 cup boiling water
Mix the gelatine with the water and pour it on the seed mixture.
Put it in cookie cutters and fill it with the mixture.
Place straws or small sticks inside each cookie cutter so you will be able to tie on a string later.
As a literacy connection, have your child write out the steps and add them to their recipe book. We found we didn't have enough cookie cutters so we made some with aluminum foil and a pipe-cleaner. Finally, place the tray in the fridge for 5 hours or...even better overnight.
Hang your bird feeders outside and get your binoculars ready! Make a tally of how many birds you see come for a snack. Draw a picture and label it of one bird you see coming to have a feast!
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.