Bloomsbury Early Years - Feed the birds
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Feed the birds

Make an edible bird wreath to feed and entertain winter visitors

by Judith Harries


Help young children recognise the need to look after garden birds during the winter with this practical group activity. They will enjoy watching birds, follow simple instructions, and join in with repeated refrains as they work together to make the wreath.

What you need

  • Access to a garden to watch birds

  • Bundt pan

  • A few dried cranberries

  • 1 sachet of gelatine mixed with 1/2 cup of warm water

  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup

  • 3/4 cup of flour

  • 4 cups of birdseed

  • Red ribbon or string

  • Plastic bowl

  • Wooden spoon

  • Whisk

What you do

  1. Spray the Bundt pan with non-stick oil. Sprinkle some dried cranberries into the pan to add colour.

  2. Whisk together the gelatine and water and add the syrup and flour to make a natural glue.

  3. In a big plastic bowl, let children take turns to mix together the bird seed and glue so that it's all coated.

  4. Chant ‘Mix and fix the food together’ as they work.

  5. Let the children use their hands to transfer the sticky seed mix into the pan and press it down firmly.

  6. Leave to set in the fridge. Remove from the tin and hang up outside with some red ribbon.

Ready for more?

  • Share some recordings of bird song at> with the children.

  • Go into the garden and listen out for some birdsongs.

Look, listen and note

  • Listening attentively

  • Respond to what they hear

  • Follow instructions

  • Places, objects and materials

  • Animals and plants

Where to go next: Very Tiny Seeds
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