Here at the zoo we are celebrating National Bird Feeding Month with bird friendly children’s activities. Follow the instructions listed below to build a backyard bird “tweeder” with a recycled soda bottle or steal some of your mom’s favorite ribbon to create a festive bird “tweet”.
· Clean 1-liter soda bottle
· Craft knife
· 2 wooden spoons
· Small eye screw
· Length of twine for hanging
1. Start by drawing a 1/2-inch asterisk on the side of a clean 1-liter soda bottle, about 4 inches from the bottom.
2. Rotate the bottle 90 degrees and draw another asterisk 2 inches from the bottom.
3. Draw a 1-inch-wide circle opposite each asterisk, as shown.
4. Use a craft knife to slit the asterisk lines and cut out the circles (a parent's job).
5. Insert a wooden spoon handle first through each hole and then through the opposite asterisk, as shown.
6. Remove the bottle cap and twist a small eye screw into the top of it for hanging.
7. Finally, fill your feeder with birdseed, recap it, and use a length of twine to hang it from a tree.
- 1/4-ounce package of unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed
- Three 4-inch mini bundt or fluted pans
- Colorful ribbon
1. To make a batch, bring 6 tablespoons of water to a boil. Empty one 1/4-ounce package of unflavored gelatin into 2 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl.
2. Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute, then add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.
3. Next, stir 2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.
4. Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times, if necessary, allowing the seed to absorb the liquid.
5. Spoon the seed mixture into three 4-inch mini bundt or fluted pans
6. Place the pans in the refrigerator or a cool room and let them set for at least 3 hours.
7. Remove the wreaths from the molds by inverting the pans and tapping along the bottoms.
8. Allow the wreaths to air-dry overnight.
9. Finally, tie colorful ribbon around your wreaths and hang them outside in a protected spot, such as under an awning or eaves, where the rain won't melt them.
Send photos of your completed project to firstname.lastname@example.org, for a chance to be highlighted on Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Facebook page.
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