Step 1: Gather the Supplies

First you’ll need a plain wooden bird house, which you can find at your local craft store, or you may find an old bird house at a neighborhood tag sale. You’ll also need non-toxic glue and lots of candy and glue-on decorations for your house: Marshmallows, candy canes, left over Halloween treats, walnut shells, gum drops, and whatever else you can find in the cupboard. Glitter and powdered sugar can also be used to add sparkle and faux snow.

Step 2: Decorate

Assign your child the job of lead decorator. Place the bird house on a tray to catch any falling candy or dripping glue. Then let her start gluing candy onto the house as she likes, but be by her side to help if she starts to break a pattern she has started, and follow her work with a glue gun as pieces slide off or get too messy. Encourage her to go slowly and take her time as she decorates.

Step 3: Be a Team

You can take turns playing assistant or contractor as you “build” your ginger-bird house. There may be times your child would rather unwrap candy or dream up a pattern, letting you execute by gluing candy to the house.

Step 4: Let it Snow!

Feel free to mix in glitter along with the candy for a fun, sparkling effect. Make snow using powdered sugar.

Step 5: For the Birds

On a sunny day, try scattering nuts and seeds on the tray. Then leave it outside for a few hours to see if you can spy any curious and hungry squirrels or birds taking a look at your beautiful creation.