Spring has certainly arrived and have you noticed all the birds chirping away? We have a big garden, it’s98ft long and almost 50ft wide, we have a few trees and well established hedges and shrubs along the boundaries so we see many birds. A great way to help the birds is with bird seed cookies and here is a really simple DIY tutorial to show you how to make the bird seed cookies, they are so simple and a great activity to do with children to help encourage them to look out for birds in your garden.
To make the cookies you are going to need:
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 packet of unflavoured gelatin
- 3tbsp golden syrup or corn syrup
- 4 cups bird seed
- Vegetable Oil
- Baking parchment (greaseproof paper)
- Wooden Spoon
- Ribbon or string
- Drinking straws or skewers
- Cookie Cutter
In a small bowl, mix the warm water with the gelatin and set it aside for later. In another bowl mix together the bird seed, flour and the syrup. It will get quite stiff to mix together but keep going! Pour over the gelatin mixture and give it another stir.
Line a baking tray or two with the baking parchment and lightly grease with the vegetable oil, also rub some oil around the inside of the cookie cutter as this will help release the bird seed cookies easier.
Place the cookie cutter on the baking tray and pack it tightly with the bird seed mixture. Use a short piece of drinking straw to make a hole and pack more mixture around the straw until the cookie cutter is full.
Leaving the straw in the bird seed cookie, carefully remove the cookie cutter and repeat until you have used up all of your mixture. The bird seed cookies now need to be left to harden and dry, this will take a few hours but if you can, leave overnight.
Once dry, remove the drinking straws and tie string or ribbon through the hole ready to have the cookies in your garden.
I found that round cookie cutters worked best. I tried making Christmas trees at Christmas and the narrow part at the top broke off!
These bird seed cookies are a great sensory activity to do with children as they can get their hands messy and feel the textures of the bird seeds, they also make a great rainy day activity and can encourage them to keep an eye out for what birds they see in your garden.
Why not have a go? I would love to see what shapes you make or what birds you see nibbling away!