Thursday, March 25, 2010

Little Cooks with Books: An Easy Easter Treat

These Little Bird Nests are the perfect Easter treat. 
They are cute, easy, and yummy.
Bag of chocolate chips
1 C. Peanut Butter
Box of Mini Frosted Shredded Wheat
Cadbury Mini Eggs (my favorite Easter candy)

Crush the shredded wheat (about half a box).
Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
Add shredded wheat until you get get a nice consistency.
Lightly grease a muffin tin.
Add some of the nest mixture to each muffin cup.
Mold the mixture in each cup into a nest shape.
Put the muffin tin into the refrigerator. 
Once the nests are completely hard, remove them from the tin.
Add a few Cadbury Mini Eggs to each nest.

Printable RecipeChocolate Bird Nests

To accompany this cooking project we read Whose Nest is This?.  It is a rhyming picture book that describes the many types of nests animals make. "There are mammals and reptiles and insects who nest. Birds, too, build unique nests that suit them the best. Some nests provide shelter, and some are for show, but the best nests are those in which young babies grow!"  Gracen and Wes enjoyed this book.  They especially liked it's riddle format.
For older children, I recommend Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin.  This book describes how birds make their nests.  "Many birds build intricate nests out of twigs, leaves, feathers, mud--even dollar bills and clothespins. Some nests are gigantic, housing hundreds of birds or weighing as much as a car, while others are just large enough to keep one egg safe and warm. Whether simple or fancy, every species finds a unique way and clever place to raise its young."
What are your favorite Easter treats to make?
This post is linked to Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori, We Made It! Friday Showcase at   Ramblings of a Crazy Woman , stArt at A Mommy's Adventures, and Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.