Here's a fun little activity to keep the kids busy during Christmas break. And, something to keep them from asking "How much longer until Santa comes?" for at least an hour. Handmade treats for your feathered friends outdoors...
* Several slices of bread
* Holiday cookie cutters (we used snowflakes)
* A plastic straw
* Baker's twine
* Peanut butter
* Mixed bird seed
Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from your bread slices:
Use the straw to poke a hole at the top of the shaped bread. This will be where you tie the twine through for hanging.
**After Step 2, you must allow the bread to sit out for several hours until it hardens (I left it out overnight and started Step 3 the next morning).
Tie the twine through the hole, and coat each shape with peanut butter.
Once all the "ornaments" are coated in peanut butter, dip them in the birdseed. I feed birds regularly throughout the year, and always keep a supply of seed in a large plastic tub. I just dipped the ornaments directly into the tub. You could also pour some seed onto a plate, and work from there. Gently press the ornament into the seed until it is completed covered.
Hang from tree for the birds to enjoy!
Voila! A fun activity that will keep your kids busy for a little while during those long days of Christmas break!