Afterwards we read Mouse and Mole and the Christmas Walk by Doug Cushman. (Mouse and Mole go for a wintry walk to find the perfect Christmas tree. Instead of chopping it down, they decorate it with special treats they make as Christmas gifts for the birds. We really enjoyed this book.) Then we put together some treats for the birds that visit our feeders. We spread pinecones with peanut butter, rolled them in birdseed, and tied a string to the top. We mixed up some suet balls for our woodpeckers (see recipe below). I also strung some cranberries and popcorn on a string, making two small garlands for the children to hang. Finally, we spread some stale bread with peanut butter and sprinkled some bird seed on top. We chose a little fir tree to decorate and (in the bitter cold and blowing wind) went outside and hung up our goodies. It was almost dark when we finished, so hopefully we'll see some visitors tomorrow morning. Here is the suet recipe and a photo of our finished present for the birds.
Mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup shortening, 1/4 tsp. salt and just enough water to form a ball. There's no need to bake it. Just put the treat out near your seed feeders and watch it disappear. (At least that's what the recipe says! We've never made these, so we'll see if the birds think they're yummy - I'll update later.)