Reinderr and wild bird food

Homemade Wildlife Treats

Children will have so much fun creating these wildlife treats - which Santa's Reindeer and the wild garden birds will love!

Are you getting ready for the Christmas season?   Why not make it more fun and rewarding by treating  Santa’s reindeer and our wild garden birds to a nutritious and sumptuous meal? Be creative in making up your winter wild bird delights, and watch as the birds feast at your garden! And oh, the reindeers will love them too!  Which makes this an exciting activity for children of all ages.

By preparing wild life food, you help make them stay big and strong this winter.  You will not only make their tummy’s glad, but you will also keep their hearts warm from the winter cold!  This time of year food can be hard to find for our winged friends.  They will appreciate any treat - even reindeer food!

Coming up with these homemade treats for wild birds is an activity that your family will surely enjoy during Christmas. Prepare for the birds and reindeers by bringing out those food scraps, some everyday baking ingredients and a dose of creativity! Get the family together in your kitchen and come up with these fancy treats that will bring out the wild in you!

Surprise Suet Cakes!

You’ll need:

  • 250 g suet or lard
  • 150 g unsalted and unsweetened dry mix (may include raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, oats, bird seed, sunflower hearts, dried fruits or even dried insects!)
  • Molders (may be yoghurt pots, cupcake papers, or ice cube trays)
  • String or twine
  • Jar or bowl
  • Saucepan Spoon

How to prepare:

  1. Make a hole at the bottom of your yoghurt pots or cupcake papers.

  2. Thread through a length of string or twine leaving enough end for hanging.

  3. Pour the suet over a pan and melt over low heat.

  4. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a jar or bowl.

  5. Once the suet has melted, pour over the dry mix until everything is sticking together.

  6. Pour over onto your molds.

  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes so it starts to set.

  8. Put into the fridge and leave them overnight.

  9. Once set, carefully remove the cupcake papers or the yoghurt pots.

  10. Hang your surprise suet cakes around your garden.

  11. Ensure to keep them out from cats and dogs.

Sprinkle Snack Delights!

You’ll Need:

  • Wild bird seed in different proportions (sunflower hearts, rolled oats, dried meal worms, peanuts, black sunflower seeds, yellow millet)
  • Dried fruit like cranberries, raisins, sultanas or currants
  • Dried insects like mealworms and waxworms
  • Grated cheese
  • Chili powder
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sturdy snack boxes or containers
  • String

How to prepare:

  1. Put together the wild bird seeds, dried fruits and insects and grated cheese in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle some chili powder to keep rodents away from your snack delight.
  3. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Bring out your snack boxes and let your imagination run wild as you add colour and design on these containers.
  5. Divide the mix into these snack boxes you created.
  6. Leave these snack boxes around your garden, in bird tables or hang them on trees by tying some string around them.
  7. Run around your lawn or garden as you sprinkle some of the mix you made!

This Christmas season enjoy creating these homemade treats with your family and friends. Not only will you have fun with your loved ones, but you also extend the warmth and joy of the season to Santa's reindeer and our wild bird friends!