Creating a bird café with homemade bird food is a rewarding way for your kids to nurture the bird life around them and a great way to use up leftover food.
Download the full guide here or follow the simplified instructions below.
What you’ll need:
Containers from the recycling, such as plastic pots or large bottle caps
Kitchen weighing scales
Tin foil Baking tray
Long lengths of string
250g solid fat, such as suet
Colourful wool or ribbon
Notepad and pen
250g bird feed (available in supermarkets, pet shops or garden supply shops)
250g food scraps, like stale bread or fruit peelings
How to make yours:
Now they’re ready to get cooking. First, supervise kids as they carefully melt the fat in the saucepan. As soon as it’s melted, remove it from the heat to let it cool (be sure to turn off the stove). When you’re sure it’s cool enough, kids can mix in the bird seed and scraps!
Kids can then lay out moulds flat on a baking tray .Any object that will hold the bird food mixture can be used - try cookie cutters, detergent bottle caps, even crazy shapes made from folded tin foil!
Then, kids can lay a loop or length of string into each mould and spoon the mixture in, before placing the moulds in the fridge to set overnight!
The next day, your young chefs are ready take their bird food dishes out of their moulds. Why don’t they try pushing twigs or pencils into the dishes to add a perch for the birds to stand on?
Now they can find a good spot to hang them outside -in a garden, or on a balcony! If needed, give them a hand tying their bird café to branches or hanging flowerpots.
If you don’t have easy access to outdoor space near your home, is there a family member or friend’s home where the kids could hang their café
They’ve done it! Now your kids have cooked up a storm in the Bird Cafe!
Why not try one of our other Play with Purpose activities? Setting up a bird café is a rewarding way for your kids to nurture the bird life around them.