Tuesday, October 7, 2008

School is for the Birds

We have been studying birds and flying things for our science class. Part of those lessons is doing fun activities to reinforce all we learn about and some fun experiments as well. One that we did this week was make smart suet for our backyard friends.
My helpers were very willing and very pleased to get to cook for school. They helped add in all the not hot ingredients...they left the hot stuff up to me.
After a short stay in the freezer these blocks of suet were put out to the absolute pleasure and torture of the squirrel's. They have been pulling all kinds of stunts to get their little rodent paws into the peanut butter suet...like jumping off fences and dangling upside down from branches by their little squirrelly feet!!!

2c. Crunchy Peanut Butter
2c. Lard, not shortening
4c. Rolled Oats, not quick oats
4c. Cornmeal
2/3c. Sugar
1c. Raisins
1c. Bird Seed Mix

1. Melt the lard and PB together in a pot over low heat
2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients
3. Scoop mixture into small plastic zippered bags
4. Place the bags in the freezer so that the suet will harden

Once hardened
5. Remove the suet from bag and place in mesh bag or suet basket
6. Hang on a tree outdoors
7. Wait, watch and enjoy

Recipe from Apologia Zoology 1, Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
Posted by Picasa


Grammie/Mom said...

That looks like fun. Are the birds enjoying it?

Leslie said...

nope just the squirrells...avery is holding out hope though for a flock of woodpeckers.

Quincy said...

Hehe, I'd like to see a flock of wood peckers, too.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Kiddo's (190) sewing (143) Random (118) family (107) quilting (106) Food (69) activities (69) adventures (63) Recipes (52) Around the House (48) crafts (48) homeschool (45) baby (29) fabric (29) field trips (27) sew and tell (27) friends (21) Chris (19) vacation (18) Farm (16) living lighter (13) giveaway (12) Guest Blogger (11) holiday (10) wordless (10) Life (9) wip wednesday (9) blogging (5) book of days (5) crochet (5) vintage (5) gardening (4) outdoors (4) avery (3) birds (3) books (3) knitting (3) quilt bee blocks (3) link up (2) mosaic (2) summer fun (2) wildlife (2) Market (1) art (1) awards (1) csa (1) decorating (1) furniture (1) modern monday (1) recycle craft (1) swap (1)