Make a cake for birds

Give the birds in your garden a winter treat by making them some bird cake to eat. Warning: Bird seed often has nuts included so avoid this activity if you have a nut allergy.

Make a cake for birds

What you'll need

  • Fat - use suet or lard (85g)

  • Good quality wild birdseed

  • A handful of raisins

  • A handful of peanuts

  • Some grated cheese

  • Bowls and wooden spoons

  • Apron

  • Yoghurt pots with holes in the bottom threaded with string

What to do

  1. Put the fat in a bowl and leave in a warm place to soften, such as a radiator.

  2. Place all the other ingredients into a big bowl.

  3. Chop up the fat into small pieces and add to the other ingredients in the bowl. You can mix them together using a wooden spoon or your fingers.

  4. Ask a grown up to make a hole in the bottom of a clean yoghurt pot. Double the string, tie a knot at the end and thread through the hole so that the knot is on the inside and the loop is outside the pot.

  5. Put the mixture into the yoghurt pot or make into balls. Put the bird cake into the fridge to set. And then put it in your garden for the birds to enjoy!

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