One of the many reasons I love homeschooling is the ability to tap into your children’s current interests and create learning opportunities. It’s so interesting to watch the obsessions and interests come and go. One minute, it’s history, then it’s chemistry, then maps, then it’s poetry, then it’s a certain book.
Well, right now, it’s birds.
We spend our mornings at our kitchen island, learning together.
Anyway… several weeks ago, as part of our Exploring Nature with Children lesson, we created a “bird feeding station” just outside our kitchen window. We made all sorts of different bird feeders and hung them on the trees like Christmas ornaments.
The birds LOVED our feeding station, and so did the squirrels.
Every morning, as we learn at our kitchen island, we watch the birds and squirrels. When the feeding station gets low, we make more feeders.
Recently, we made Valentine’s Day themed bird cookies to hang in our bird feeding station. Today, I’d like to share the recipe with you!
Valentine’s Day Bird Cookies
Ingredients & Materials:
2 cups birdseed of your choice
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
ribbon or twine
plastic straws, cut into short pieces
- Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
- Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
- Place cookie cutters on the wax paper.
- Fill each cookie cutter with the bird seed/gelatin mixture.
- Place a straw piece, in each cookie (this will be the hole for the ribbon).
- Dry overnight.
- Once dry, remove straw pieces and string each cookie with ribbon or twine.
- Hang on tree limbs and enjoy!
Want to see one of our squirrels battle a Ninja Gnome, complete with kid belly laughter?
So we won a Ninja Garden Gnome in a Yankee Swap and didn’t know what to do with it… until we thought to hang bird cookies on him.
Folks, this never gets old:
Do your kids love birds, too? Here are five of our favorite resources at the moment!
- Exploring Nature with Children: A Complete Year-Long Curriculum by Lynn Seddon
- Bird Bingo
- Handbook of Nature Study
- The Burgess Bird Book for Children
- DIY Nature Explorer Pack
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What are your kids interested in at the moment? What is your favorite bird resource? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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