Valentines Seeds for February Birds

Last week, our kindergarteners made seed cakes for our winter birds for Valentine’s Day.

First, we mixed together 3/4 cup of flour, 1 envelope of gelatin, and 4 cups of birdseed. Then, we added 1/2 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of corn syrup and mixed it all together.

Then the kids got their hands messy! They took handfuls of our mixture and pressed it into muffin pan that we sprayed with non-stick spray. At the very end, the kids pressed straws through our seed cakes so that when they dried there would be a hole for us to stick a ribbon through to hang them.

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This week, we hung our dried seed cakes from the trees in the courtyard for our winter birds.

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Then our kindergarteners learned and recited the following poem:

I gave a hundred valentines, a hundred did I say?
I gave a hundred valentines one cold and wintry day.
I didn’t put my name on them or any other words,
Because my valentines were seeds for February birds.

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Then they used sunflower seeds to create ten groups of ten seeds to show one hundred seeds, reviewing what they have learned about place value.

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We had so much fun taking care of our winter birds while we reviewed measuring, sequencing, reading fluency, and place value!

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