Connect with your backyard feathered friends and experiment with some simple kitchen science while making observations about nature.
What You Need:
- Unflavored gelatin mix (1 packet)
- Bird seed (3/4 cup)
- Plastic eggs
- Cooking spray
- Measuring cups
- Twine, string, or ribbon
What You Do:
- Bring water to a boil over medium heat.
- Add in packet of gelatin and stir for 1-2 min. until gelatin is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes to begin to solidify.
- Stir in bird seed.
- Spray eggs with cooking spray and place twine in lower half of egg.
- Fill both sides with birdseed/gelatin mixture and let set in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- Remove birdseed from eggs and tie twine.
- Hang in trees, plants, topiaries, etc. for the birds to enjoy!
Words to Use:
- Solid: Firm and usually hard, without spaces or holes.
- Liquid: A substance such as water that is not a solid or a gas.
- Gelatin: A clear substance that is used to make foods more solid.
- Dissolve: If a substance dissolves in a liquid, it becomes part of the liquid and you cannot see it anymore.
- 3-dimensional: Having length, depth, and height.
- 2-dimensional: Flat, having length and height, but no depth.
- Ovoid: Of a solid or a three-dimensional surface or egg-shaped.
What to Talk About:
- What do you notice about the gelatin after you stir it into the boiling water?
- Estimate how many eggs you think this mixture will fill.
- What birds do you think these will attract?
- What shape is the egg? How do you know that it is a ___________?
- Is the shape 3-dimensional or 2-Dimensional? How do you know?
Change It Up:
- Count the number of birds that you see on your homemade birdfeeders. Keep a tally. Does one type of bird like the bird feeders more than others?
- How many different types of birds visit your feeder? Keep a list or journal of the different types of birds, research their behavior, draw or paint them.
- Use cookie cutters instead of egg molds by putting cookie cutters on parchment paper and filling them. Use a straw to poke a hole in the top. After it sets, add twine through the hole.
- Use binoculars to observe the birds and their behavior more closely.
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
- Nature Exploration
- Using tools
NC Standard Course of Study
- Social Studies: 1.G.2.1, 2.G.2.2, 3.G.1.3, 3C&G.2.2
- Mathematics: NC.K.MD.1, NC.K.G.1, NC.K.G.2, NC.K.G.3, NC.K.G.5, NC.1.G.1, NC.1.G.2,
- Science: K.P.2.1, K.1.1.1, 1.L.2.2, 2.P.2.1, 1.L.1.3, 1.L.1.1, 3.P.2.3