Cute Snack Idea: Bird in a Nest

This afternoon spring-themed snack is adorable and easy to make. We're sure it'll be a hit with your little ones!


Photography by Jill Dubien

Although we just got a fresh sprinkling of snow over the last few days where I live, I am certain that spring should be on its way any time now!

One of my favourite things about spring is mama animals having their babies. Last year we had a robin build its nest in a tree in our backyard and my kids got to watch the mama robin sit on her eggs, and then watch the mama robin feed her babies when they were born. The kids were just delighted and it was pretty exciting for me too! I made them this really easy birdie in a nest snack—hopefully we’ll be seeing some spring weather and birdies soon!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 red plum
  • Handful of pretzel sticks
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 2 icing eyes
  • 1 tsp cream cheese


1. Find a small shallow bowl and fill the bottom with pretzel sticks. This will make your birdie’s nest.

2. Using a knife, cut your baby carrot into pieces. You’ll need 1 triangle for the beak, 2 rounds for the feet, and 3 thin strips for the feathers.

3. Grab your plum and using a little dab of cream cheese, stick on the triangle nose and icing eyes. If you don’t have icing eyes you could use raisins or marshmallows, or whatever else you can think of.

4. Take your 3 thin slices of carrot and poke them in the top of the plum for the birdie’s head feathers. If you’re having a hard time getting them in, use a knife and make a slice on the top of your plum first.

5. Finally, place your plum in the pretzel nest and slide your 2 carrot rounds under the plum for the birdie’s feet.

This is a really easy springtime snack to make and my kiddos loved it. Enjoy!

jill-dubienJill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and 2 wonderful kids—a daughter who is 4 and a son who is 3. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids. You’ll find more of her cute recipe ideas here.

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