The beginning of March was our first official week of home education using the nature curriculum Exploring Nature With Children. Our seasonal study unit this week was nesting birds. We ended our week by making these no bake chocolate birds nests. They were just too delicious not to share with you.
This particular recipe makes 8-10 birds nests.
You will need:
200g Milk Chocolate
85g crushed Shredded Wheat
A packet of Mini Eggs
Simply melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over gently simmering water. Carefully remove and stir in the crushed Shredded Wheat. Spoon into cupcake cases and make a well in the centre. Add 2-3 mini eggs to the well. Let set (about an hour).
Below is a handy print out of the above recipe.
Chocolate Bird Nests
N is for Neiva
A delicious easy no bake treat that your children will love.
Despite living in a noisy little town, our house resides on a hill that backs on to a steep bank filled with trees, a haven for wildlife. It was the perfect setting to take part in the RSPB’s big garden bird watch over the weekend.
I ordered our free pack some weeks back which, coupled with a few ideas from Pinterest, gave us all the ammunition we needed to get started.
Bird Feeder #1
For this we needed;
cardboard toilet roll inner tube
wild bird seed
METHOD: Using a butter knife we coated the tube with peanut butter until completely covered. Under close supervision from Enid, Neiva then rolled the tube in the wild bird seed. We then threaded through the twine and hung outside.
To make the second bird feeder below, we needed to first make the suet cakes which ideally need to be done the night before so they can set completely in the fridge. It really was so simple to make and the finished effect looked lovely.
Suet (Lard) Cakes
For this we needed;
a packet of lard
an old baking tray
wild bird seed
cookie cutters (we used hearts and stars)
METHOD: Melt a full packet of lard gently. Add enough bird seed to coat thoroughly. Thread through the twine and ensure the two ends meet at the top. Transfer to the cookie cutters packing them down nice and tight. Leave in the fridge overnight to set. In hindsight I would have not used stars as they were quite difficult to remove once set. I would have also laid them on grease proof paper as they did stick to the tray.
Bird Food Garland
This was a little bit more complex but Neiva did love making this. For this we needed:
a bamboo stick (or a dry twig)
suet (lard) cakes
small heart cookie cutter
METHOD: Slice the apples into thin slices and use the small heart cutter to cut a hole in the middle. Thread the twine through the hole (we did rows of three) Remove the suet cakes from the cutters and tie to the bamboo along with the apple slices.
We did enjoy counting the different types of birds on the sheet and look forward to reporting our findings to the RSPB. Poor Enid not so much. Not only did she have the local squirrel to contend with, she had to deal with extra visitors to her garden this weekend.
If you want more information on why the RSPB carry out an annual survey on local birdlife, please click here.
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