It probably came through my Facebook feed but before I went to meet the kids, I saw several articles about “edible birdhouses”.
I thought that would be a great outdoors activity for Addie. The birdhouses are wooden so they aren’t “edible” (for most birds) but you decorate them with seeds and berries. In theory, the birds eat the decorations and you could even decorate them again if you wanted.
I ordered little wooden birdhouses (which currently are unavailable but if you click the link, you can see the dimensions of the ones I used).
The edible glue is simply 1 package unflavored Knox gelatin dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water, 3 T. corn syrup and 3/4 cup flour (regular or whole wheat).
I had bagged up sliced almonds, quinoa, dried goji berries, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds (shelled and not shelled), pumpkin seeds . . whatever I saw in the pantry that looked like something a bird would eat. I brought along a package of 5 little paintbrushes I had purchased in the craft area at Walmart.
We were so busy that I forgot to take a picture of the decorated birdhouse but Addie loved doing it and the birds did come and eat some of the seeds before we left.
It was a fun project. We only decorated one house. I figured I’d take the other three when I go to visit them and we can put some of the birdhouses outside the windows so she can watch them come and eat.