Monday, February 6, 2012

Make Heart Shaped Birdseed Cakes

14 Days of Hearts, Day 5

make heart shaped birdseed cakes

We're progressing onto how and what birds eat in our bird unit and I'm doing 14 days of hearts, so I thought we would make some heart shaped bird seed cakes.  We made some last year, but with a different recipe.  This time we used a recipe that I found at The Magic Onions.  

how to make heart shaped birdseed cakes, valentine's crafts for kids

I mixed one pack of Knox gelatin with a 1/2 cup of boiling water and stirred until the gelatin had dissolved.  Once it cooled a little, Juiciness and Sassyfras added about 2 cups of bird seed.  It was still a little moist at this point.  They helped spoon it into a silicone heart shaped muffin tin. 

valentine's crafts for kids

We put straws through the centers so we could later string them.  Then it was time to pop them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  Once they hardened, they popped right out of the silicone mold.  Here's a little tip to make stringing these easier... leave the straw in place and slide your string through it.  The straw will be blocked by some seed, but just push it through the other side and it will carry the string with it. 

how to make birdseed cakes

While we were waiting for these to harden we started talking about a bird's beak.  I found this resource at the The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.  If you click on the arrow to the left of the bird's name, it will take you to a video of the bird eating. 
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10 comments :

Phyllis said...

I am really liking your hearts series! We have made these and they are a lot of fun. Great tutorial!

Sherri said...

Precious! They birds will appreciate the love! :)

Christy said...

WE have made bird seed hearts, but not with this recipe - we'll have to try it.

Jackie H. said...

I love these-- so cute in the heart shapes!

lindsy said...

thanks for the links to those resources, they're great!! we've been throwing bird seed on the back deck. I think our birds would love these :)

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is an interesting recipe - I hope your backyard birds will love the treats!

Ticia said...

You know that was always on my list to do last year, but we kept getting distracted...........

Artsy VaVa said...

So beautiful! I need to treat my birds for Valentine's day!

Mary said...

What fun! Saving this for when we tackle a Bird study!

jmommymom said...

What a great way to combine Valentines Day and a bird unit. Very cute!