The boys love making nests in the backyard with the hope that one day an actual bird will take residence in their mud and stick creations. The fact that I use chow mein noodles (MOM, it looks like STICKS!!!) makes this even more fantastic for them.
Yes, use the same recipe for making rice crispy treats; just substitute chow mein noodles for the rice cereal.
It is that easy.
Melt the butter in a large pot; add the marshmallows. When the marshmallows are melted, pull it off the heat and add the chow mein noodles.
On wax paper, lay out large spoonfuls of the mixture. One batch will make six decent sized nests. You can divide the mixture into smaller nests, of course.
Write a Special Note
After the messages are written, we place them in plastic eggs and get to work with assembling the nests. The boys had picked out some of their favorite candies to add. I was so impressed with their selection process and how seriously they took on assembling the nests. I thought for sure that they would sneak a candy or two in the process. But, neither boy took a sneak! They were too excited to see how the nests would look filled with sugary goodness!
Once the candy was distributed, each nest received a special birdy “peep”–so much play was involved in having the birds arrive in their nests. It was fun to see the boys act out the arrival of their feathered friends on the newly prepared nests.
Now, of course, when Dad arrived home, he called the chocolate covered raisins, um, bird poops. But, the boys didn’t even mention a peep about that while we were putting them together. To them, it was just one of the great treats they chose for their special nests.
Step Four: Wrap ‘Em Up
Step Five: The Delivery