The recipe is very easy and does not involve peanut butter for those with allergies in their classroom. All you need is bird seed, flour, water and a little corn syrup. I have a local college student who visits for an hour 2 days a week as part of a class requirement. This project was his job during centers last week. Kiddos wrote their names on a paper plate, then we put a piece of wax paper over the plate. The cookie cutter was then placed on the wax paper to keep the bird feeder from sticking to the plate. You could probably forego the plate, but it did make them much easier to transport!
He pulled kiddos over 4 at a time, mixed up a batch with them and helped them make their feeders. Once it is mixed, kiddos took handfuls and pressed it down to pack it into cookie cutters. This was met with excitement, "ewww gross", and shrieks of laughter. A preschool teacher down the hall was very generous to share her playdough cookie cutters for this project.
|You can see the pieces on this one that did not get packed into the cookie cutter. |
We just threw these little pieces away.
Do you have a favorite project or recipe that you do with your class? I'd love to hear about it!