Feeding birds and observing them from the comfort and warmth of indoors is a great, cheap (no pun intended) entertaining and educational activity for kids.
Sofia was bought a Wildlife World Me and My Birds Wild Bird Feed Making Kit and it is great. I’ve been fascinated with our feathered friends since I was little as my grandad had an aviary. I was also a member of the RSPB‘s youth branch – so this was right up my street. It’s probably no coincidence that the twins’ third word after ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’ was ‘bird’.
The kit contains:
1 x Bright mixing bowl 2 x Bird cookie shape cutters 1 x Natural feeding log 3 x Pastel shade cup cake casts 1 x Wooden spoon 1 x Bag of ‘magic mix’ 2 x Coloured ropes 1 x Wooden perch stick Rice paper decorating flowers 1 x Bag of bird feed mix 1 x Small pack of fruit and seeds for decoration 1 x Garden bird feeding and recording book
The instructions are really easy to follow and there is one ‘recipe’ which involves combining the ‘magic mix’ (which looks a bit like powdered custard), water and bird feed mix, and then adding the fruit and seeds. This can be used for three different feeding methods: feeding log, cup cake or cookie shape.
It took a few days for the birds to get used to the feeders but once they did we were inundated.
The birds we spotted
We saw robins, blue tits, great tits, greenfinches, sparrows and goldfinches, which were accompanied by the usual ground birds that we get (namely pigeons, wood pigeons, magpies, jays and crows). All three girls were absolutely fascinated. The younger two just loved seeing all the birds, but Sofia (aged four) enjoyed identifying the different breeds.
The great thing about this set is that it is re-usable. There’s enough mix for several replenishes and then you can order more of the actual mix and feed online.