Use the snow to mold a simple bird feeder to serve corn and chestnuts to the birds and squirrels in your yard.
The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love making homemade bird feeders.
Every winter we make several simple feeders with basic ingredients and supplies so we can help the neighbournhood birds make it through the winter.
This week we made a simple corn and chestnut feeder for your backyard birds and squirrels to enjoy this winter!
You may remember that last fall we spent quite a few days playing with corn kernels and chestnuts. We had sensory bins going on, the children dissected corn cobs and sunflowers and we made an awesome corn and chestnut run with a plastic pool hose.
When we were finished with all of our fall play, I dumped the kernels and the chestnuts into a bucket and brought it inside for the winter so we could use them for various crafts and activities through out the year.
They came in handy Wednesday when I decided to make more feeders.
Making the orange cup feeders:
My hubby has been making fresh squeezed orange juice every morning, so I have an abundance of orange “cups” right now, and I simply filled several of them with corn and chestnuts and set them outside on the bench by our pond.
Making the heart shaped feeder:
For the second feeder, I filled the bottom of a heart shaped cake pan with corn and chestnuts and then packed the pan full of snow. It wasn’t exactly packing snow, so I brought it inside for a few minutes to soften it a bit, and I patted it all firmly into the pan.
Then, out at the bench, I turned it upside-down and out popped the cutest little corn cake!
So sweet and easy, and hopefully our birds and squirrels will enjoy these in the days to come.
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.