Monday, October 14, 2013

Feathered Friends: With Bird Seed Ornament Directions!

Tuesday am Froglets took snacks out for the birds (and squirrels), found a creek to splash in, and we made friends with many worms, potato bugs, fungi, and spiders!! 

Tuesday Frogs explored Elf Cove, got stuck (if only to surprise us!) in a log, and of course continued to feed the squirrels. OH!! I mean birds.

Wednesday Froglets tore through the woods at breakneck speed to get the birds their special snacks! We saw some pretty fat squirrels as well. I'm getting suspicious...

Wednesday Frogelts also made a trip to Spear Hill where we practiced our stick throwing.

Thursday Tadpoles bore the brunt of my lack of photo taking this week. Although they seemed to be the more through when it came to spreading the bird seed. 

The recipe for the bird seed ornaments is here:

You'll Need:
3/4 cup flour 
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
nonstick spray
drinking straw
waxed paper

1: Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.

2: Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.

3: Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down, and make the top smooth. Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.

4: Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours. (I used olive oil to make my molds non stick, then just slid them out to dry) Then, remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them on the wax paper upside down. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight. 

5: Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.  

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