When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think about CHOCOLATE…and candy…oh, yeah, and love. But mostly just chocolate.
I loved the Valentine’s Day parties with my classmates because I would always come home with a load of goodies. That being said, you could argue that this year, I’m going to be the “lame” mom.
Instead of chocolate, or God forbid, those awful conversation hearts candies, we’re going to give my daughter’s classmates Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders.[Tweet “#ValentinesDay Bird Feeders are a fun change from the standard candy at your kiddos V-Day party!”]Before you start thinking I’m the worst, we all know that there will still be plenty of candy to be had at the V-Day party of 20 kindergartners. I think it will be ok if they get ONE Valentine that is for birds instead of them. Besides, its so fun! Birds love these little feeders and how fun for the kiddos to watch birds in their yard.
With the hearts, we’ll send instructions to hang them up outside instead of eat them…or bury them. It’s pretty obvious they aren’t for human consumption, but if a kid were to take a bite, it’s all edible. Gross maybe, but edible.
For these darling Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders, you will need:
3/4 cup of flour
1 Packet unflavored gelatin
3 Tablespoons clear corn syrup
1/2 cup of water
4 cups of birdseed
Heart Cookie Cutters
Twine or Ribbon
- Put a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Mix all ingredients, except for the birdseed.
- Once the ingredients are mixed well, add the birdseed. Combine.
- Place your cookie cutter on the parchment paper and fill it with birdseed. Press birdseed down firmly.
- Using a straw, chopstick, or something similar, make a hole in the birdseed. Press firmly around the straw.
- Take the straw out and very gently lift the cookie cutter and carefully push the molded birdseed out of the cookie cutter.
- Repeat steps 4-6 until you use up all of the birdseed mixture.
- Once it has set for an hour or two, turn the bird feeders over so they can continue to dry.
- Let them dry over night before you add your ribbon or twine.
These “treats” take a little bit more effort than the standard Valentines, but they’re a really fun, non-sugar gift. And of course it’s even more fun if you can get your kiddo to help make them!
We are going to package them up in little Valentine’s Day bags from the Dollar Store. For the Valentine’s themselves, I’m not sure what my daughter is going to pick this year. My guess is either My Little Pony, Minions, Frozen, Princesses, Transformers…in other words, I have no idea what she’ll pick. But that part will be all her.
What do your kiddos like to put in their Valentine’s?
If you decide you do want to give something sweet, but you want it to be a little different, you can try my fun twist on the Conversation Hearts candies with Rice Crispy Treat Conversation Hearts.