With the winter months upon us, birds have a difficult time finding food. Below are some different types of bird feeders and treats your students can make so that they feel they are making a difference in helping the wildlife this winter.
Wild Birdseed Cookies
2/3 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
Sift all the dry ingredients together and cut in the lard with a blunt knife. Add the eggs. Add the birdseed and kneed until smooth. Allow the dough to chill overnight. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Insert a paper clip into the top of the shape to act as a hanger. Brush the cookie with beaten egg whites and press birdseed into the top of the cookie. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are hard. String yarn through the paper clip to make a hanger and hang outside.
Bagel Bird Feeder
Spread shortening over the bagel and put the bagel into a bag of birdseed. Shake and remove. Loop yarn through the bagel to make a hanger and hang outside.
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Mix ingredients together. Press into pine cones. Hang them outside and watch the birds feast!
Peanut, Popcorn, and Cranberry Strings
Liter Bottle Feeders
Nest Building Bags
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