While I hate to rub it in to any East Coasters, but it would appear that Winter has subsided and warmer weather has arrived early on the West Coast (of North America, that is).
We’ve hit a really nice stretch of sunshine and jacket-optional weather. Buds are on the trees, flowers are up, and I’ve started planning my little girl’s third birthday. Because her birthday is at the end of March, close to Easter, and during the full swing of Spring, one staple that I’ve made each time we’ve celebrated has been these, very simple, 3 ingredient candy birds’ nest.
What to Use
- Parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminium foil (I’ve used them all)
- A plate or cookie sheet
- A soup spoon
- 1 package Mini Candy Eggs – my preference is for Cadbury Mini Eggs, but it’s entirely up to you!
- 1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- 2 cups Fibre cereal that resembles sticks
What to do
1. Melt chocolate (click here for a great how-to on melting chocolate).
2. Spread parchment paper or other medium on a cookie sheet.
3. Drop soup spoon sized portions of melted chocolate on the sheet.
4. IMPORTANT: Let the chocolate start to settle before placing two to three eggs in the centre of each melted chocolate drop. If you don’t the eggs will topple over and look like they’ve gone through a roll in some mud!
5. Then press your cereal around the eggs to look nest-like. Put in the freezer or fridge to set the chocolate faster. Then, tada! 3 Ingredient Candy Birds’ Nests!
The really COOL added benefit of making these is that in order for kids to pick up the fibre cereal, they need to use a pincer grasp (also used for writing). Picking up and putting the fibre sticks into the nests requires fine-motor practice as well as hand-eye coordination. I’ve never heard my two-year-old as focused as he was making these!