Thursday, 5 December 2013

Rainbows - Making Lard Balls

At Rainbows these past few weeks we have been decorating bird houses and making lard balls to feed all the birds over the winter. I call them Lard balls as it sounds better than Fat Balls (giggles) but you may have heard them called Fat Cakes too...its all the same thing really.

Lards balls are super easy to make and are a great way of combining messy play and educating children about wildlife. We discussed what birds we can find in our gardens and even got some leaflets from the lovely people at  RSPB for the girls to take home. 

The girls loved learning how the food will fatten the little birds up for the winter so that they can keep nice and warm. 

How to make Lard Balls

Take a couple of blocks of lard, we got supermarket own brand which is really cheap. 

Squish it in a bowl with your hands (messy!) until soft and then sprinkle in some bird seed. This can be brought in most garden centers or we got ours from a bargain shop for £1 a bag.

Combine the seeds and the lard making sure to add plenty of the yummy seeds and mold into balls. 

Allow these to set in the fridge over night and there you have it! Lovely lard balls to keep the Robins and their friends happy and warm this winter! 

If you want to welcome some wildlife into your garden why not visit your local garden center or visit You Garden's website to buy your own bird houses and feeders.

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