Spring break is quickly approaching, and though there are no leaves on our trees, the sound of birds singing in the morning tells me spring is coming!
We aren’t going anywhere exciting for spring break, so I came up with a little project that will keep us busy and provide some outdoor entertainment while the kids are taking a break from school. Let’s be real here. No school means free time, and free time can often lead to sibling squabbles. Lest spring break turn into this mom’s nightmare, I plan to keep the kids busy!
One of the projects we’ll be working on is homemade bird biscuits to decorate our bare trees and feed the birds that have returned from their winter away. If it’s sunny, we can watch the birds from our deck. If it’s rainy, we’ll watch from the window. I’m hoping for sunshine.
This homemade bird biscuit recipe is super easy. Even my preschooler participated!
Homemade Bird Biscuits
We usually have most of the supplies to make homemade bird biscuits on hand. You will need:
- 4 cups of bird seed
- 1 envelope of gelatin
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 Tbsp. corn syrup
- 3/4 cup flour
- Decorative ribbon
- Decorative pans
- Cooking spray
I didn’t have any decorative pans, so I picked up a couple of Mainstays pans at Walmart for under $10 each. After making the bird biscuits, I’ll be able to make all sorts of yummy human treats! The rest of the supplies are also available at Walmart.
Step 1: Mix the Birdseed
Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup warm water. In a large bowl, mix together the bird seed, the gelatin mixture, the corn syrup, and the flour. The last time I made bird biscuits, I didn’t use gelatin, but I read somewhere that gelatin helps the bird seed stick together. It really does.
Step 2: Form the Bird Biscuits
Spray your pans with cooking spray. Fill each cavity with the birdseed mixture, pressing down to pack the birdseed into the pans. With a straw form holes for the ribbon. If you want perfect holes, leave the straws in the mixture until the birdseed is dry. We just made imperfect holes and threw the straw away. I’m all about doing things the easy way.
Step 3: Let the Bird Seed Dry
Set the pans in a safe place to dry overnight.
Step 4: Finish and Hang the Bird Feeders
Place a cookie sheet on top of each pan and invert to gently remove the bird biscuits. Thread a ribbon through each hole and tie the bird biscuits to your tree.
Step 5: Enjoy the Show
Now sit back and watch as the birds come flocking to your homemade bird biscuits. If you like, talk about the kinds of birds that visit your house. Your kids will learn something on spring break and not even realize it! I love being sneaky like that!
What are your plans for spring break? What do you do to keep your kids busy?