22 March 2011

Welcoming the Birds Home

It's so nice to hear the birds singing in the morning again! It's certainly not warm, but hearing their chirps and songs at least makes it sound like Spring, even if it doesn't feel like Spring yet. We had some bread go stale, so we thought it would be nice to welcome the birds back home with a snack - birdseed cakes.

We used:
  • Stale Bread (Of course, it doesn't have to be stale)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Song Bird Seed Mix (That's just the type of bird seed we had)
  • Twine (Or yarn, or other sturdy string)
  • Scissors
  • Cookie Cutters (Or you could just leave the bread in slices)
  • Something To Poke With (Paint Brush, Pencil, Stick, Etc...)  
  • Spreading Knife

We mostly cut the bread into flowers, although there was a moon and heart in there as well. Some of the pieces were especially tough and I dribbled a little water on them and popped them in the microwave for a handful of seconds to soften them up.

  Kaia gave each piece a good coat of peanut butter.

Then she sprinkled seeds over them and pressed them into place.

 Once the cakes were all done, Kaia used the stick end of a paintbrush to push a hole through each one. Then she cut lengths of twine to hang them with. She ran the twine through the holes, and tied them tight.

Some came out prettier than others, but I don't think the birds will complain. ;)

It is freezing and drizzling outside today, Kaia put on her raincoat and boots to hang up the cakes for our birds.

They look lovely hanging all over the naked tree in our front yard. We also tore up all the scrap pieces of bread that were left over after we cut out the shapes and scattered them on the ground under the tree. Strewn throughout the crumbs are the little locks of Kaia's hair that she cut off to help them in their nest building. Kaia is waiting to see the birds come find their special treat. I told her I didn't think they would come in the rain, but she is not to be dissuaded.

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