How To Make Birdwine – by Declan

Sometimes I am utterly amazed at the cool things they do at Declan’s school. In Kindergarten, they learned about poetry and Declan spent weeks filling up a notebook with poems about mama, dada and laundry lint.

Now in 1st grade? The latest lesson is in “how-to” books. As in, how to make how-to books.

And just what does my child decide to teach the rest of the class?


by Declan

Materials Needed:
– Berries from the front bush
– ziploc baggie
– foot

1. Pick berries from front bush.
2. Put berries into ziploc baggie.
3. Stomp on baggie with your foot.
4. Open baggie.
5. Let birds drink birdwine!


I can’t tell you how proud I am.

This article has 15 comments

  1. kristin at

    oh yes, oh yes.

    my kids could have done the same.

    yes, be proud.

  2. Bridge

    Wow! The vintner to the Birds…

  3. Anonymous

    oh my god – love it!!! – m

  4. Sarah K

    I.I. made one for Kindergarten:
    “How to Cath (catch) a Turkey”
    1. Get a net.
    2. Get some bird seed.
    3. Wait for a turkey to walk by.

  5. monstergirlee

    Wow. I want some birdwine!

  6. Sarah Bellum

    I’ve always thought Declan is so cute, but this is over-the-top. Either clone him or make a baby for me. Send ASAP!

  7. Doodaddy

    People used to ask me how I could intuit so much about my students’ home lives. They bring it with them, I think: clearly, you feed birds, love the outdoors, and enjoy a nice Syrah. Now, if he had written “How to cook up birdmeth,” that would convey something different…

  8. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    ha ha, sarah that is classic!!!!!!

  9. Ashleigh

    I like his simplicity.

  10. Danielle

    Hilarious! should we let Napa have the recipe?

  11. carrie

    And what happy birds they will be!

  12. Oz

    I am so glad that Birdwine is wine for birds, not wine made of birds, as I had feared.

  13. Tree

    Declan is a very special child in so many ways, but his imagination and point of view are truly a wonder!

  14. Jane @ Kidzarama

    So when do we get to purchase a copy?

    (I assume he’ll want to self-publish)

  15. Andrew

    he is so awesome!

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