Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kid's Summer Crafts: Make A Bird Cake Summer Crafts

This is one of our Kid's Summer Crafts that can be responsible for hour of pleasure and learning for the kids. Making the bird cake is great fun and afterwards, watching the birds feed and noting which birds are attracted by the cake, is even more fun. Show the kids to keep a safe distance and to be completely still so as not to scare the birds away.

Because the fat is going to be melted on the stove, this craft has to be done with adult supervision.

What you need for this easy kid's summer craft:

  • A bowl
  • Hard white cooking fat (in South Africa we will use Holsum)
  • Breadcrumbs
  • A variety of chopped nuts
  • Some mixed bird seed
  • Oatmeal
  • A plastic cup
  • A spoon
  • A small saucepan
  • A piece of string
  • A pair of scissors
  • A nut shell with a hole in it

This is how you do this craft:

  1. Cut a long piece of string.
  2. Thread it through the hole in the nut shell and make a really big not at the bottom where the string goes through the shell. This should prevent the string from pulling out of the shell.
  3. Take your cup and measure a little of all the nuts, bird seed, breadcrumbs and oatmeal to be enough to almost fill your cup.
  4. Place this mixture into the bowl.
  5. Heat some of your fat in the saucepan until it is melted. Let an adult help you.
  6. Pour this melted fat on top of your seed mixture in the bowl.
  7. Using a spoon mix this thoroughly so that all the food is well covered with the fat and can easily stick together.
  8. Place your sting with the shell and knot side at the bottom in the cup.
  9. Spoon your cake mixture into the cup pressing down well so that it fits in tight.
  10. Make sure that you keep the string in the middle so that the end of the string comes out of the middle of your cake. This will ensure that your cake will hang better on the tree.
  11. Allow the cake to cool down completely until the fat has set and is hard.
  12. When your mixture is set, pull the cake out of the cup carefully, with the string.
  13. Now your bird cake is ready for you to hang it outside on a branch and to start your bird watching.

As you can see, this is one of our kid's summer crafts that is a craft and a biology lesson all in one. This makes the craft very suitable for homeschoolers. Use the opportunity to draw the kids' attention to all the different birds visiting your cake and what it is they eat. Making the cake is fun but, once the cake is finished, you can simply put out some left over food such as bread crumbs, leftover rice, cheese fruit etc. and watch the birds feasting.

If you are looking for more Kids Summer Crafts you can go to Fun Kids Crafts.
You can also get very good bible crafts at Bible Crafts For Kids.
For last minute mother's day crafts you can get those on Fun Kids Crafts as well.

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