35 Seed Activities for Young Kids

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  1. 35 Seed Activities for Young Kids

For the letter S we investigated explored a seed theme! Much like our rock theme we took objects we find in our everyday lives and explored them in many new ways.  I can’t wait to share some of our activities with you soon.

Before I do, I wanted to share a collection of some playful ways to teach young kids about seeds. These are some of the activities available around the web, and they are mainly focused on teaching kids ages 2-6 about seeds in a hands-on way.

 S is for Seeds

Find all of our seed activities in our printable lesson plans
for home preschool and preschool classrooms.

Art Activities

Seed Pod Stamping (Mummy Musing and Mayhem)

Maple Seed Birds Nature Collage (Reading Confetti)

Art Inspired by The Tiny Seed (Love and Lollipops)

Seed Catalog Rainbow (Teacher @ Home)

Creating Pictures with Squish Painted Seeds (Reading Confetti)

Make Your Own Seed Pack (Kids Activities Blog)

Seeds of Change Poem and Craft (The Educators’ Spin On It)

Seed Mobile (Red Ted Art)

Simple Seed Mosaics (Teach Preschool)

Seed Sculptures (Filth Wizardry)

Acorn Fairy Tea Set (Curly Birds)

Educational Games for 2-8 Year Olds

Sensory Activities

Oh Beans! Sensory Table (Child Central Station)

Seeds on the Sticky Table (Teach Preschool)

Spring Nature Table (The Golden Gleam)

Learning Activities

Measuring Seed Pods (The Golden Gleam)

Fine Motor & Sorting Seed Tray (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Planting a Seed Pattern (Froggy Friends Fun)

Counting Seeds Using a Grid (JDaniel 4’s Mom)

Spelling with Seeds -Try with kids’ names! (Kids Activities Blog)

Science Investigations

Seed Sprout Predictions (Housing a Forest)

Which Foods Have Seeds Science Investigation (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Comparing Seeds at the Gardening Play Table (The Boy And Me)

Seed Matching (The Golden Gleam)

Saving Sunflower Seeds (The Educators’ Spin On It)

Are Seeds the Same? Science Investigation (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

What Do Seeds Need to Sprout (Feels Like Home)

Harvesting Seeds with Kids (Kitchen Counter Chronicles)

Dandelion Parachutes (Science Sparks)

Comparing Seeds vs. Transplants (The Educators’ Spin On It)

Comparing How Seeds Grow in Different Substances (Child Central Station)

Ideas for Starting Seeds

I didn’t want to include a lot about gardening with kids in general, but I thought it might be helpful to share a few different ideas for starting seeds with kids. Some of them are quite unique!

Planting Seeds in Toilet Paper Tubes (Kitchen Counter Chronicles)

Starting Seeds Tray (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Starting Seeds in Eggshells (Gardening with Wilson)

Starting Seeds in a Clear Cup (Putti’s World)

Planting Seeds in a Baseball Card Insert (I Can Teach My Child)

Ice Cream Cone Seed Starters (Rugged-Life)

Starting Seeds in a Ziploc Bag (Putti’s World)

How to Make Seed Balls-For the active little gardeners! (Heavy Petal)

How to Make a Magic Seed Star (Carrots are Orange)

Another resource I am enjoying as we are working on our S is for Seeds theme and our other spring activities is our copy of The Garden Classroom. This new book is a terrific resource for learning to create your own garden classroom no matter the size of your gardening space or your skill level. In addition to great tips about gardening with kids, there are literacy, math, science, craft, and play ideas.

The next post in this series will include some of my preschoolers’ favorite books about seeds. While you are waiting for that post, go ahead and start collecting some seeds! Check your food. Check outdoors. You’ll be amazed at how many seeds you can collect in a short time.

Do you have any other ideas or activities related to seeds? I would love for you to share them in the comments.

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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.


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35 Seed Activities for Young Kids

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  1. Another Idea I’m going to use with my 3 year olds is a “sponge Garden”! Soak a sponge with water, place in a shallow plastic container, sprinkle some bird seed, grass seed or alfalfa seed (all of which grow quickly and without soil) and the children can “water” it using a spray bottle give it sunlight and in a few days you have sprouts!!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing our Art inspired by The Tiny Seed on this wonderful list. Georgia 🙂

  3. lorraine says:

    I’m harvesting fave bean pods from our 1st grade garden and would like to do a math lesson. I was thinking that we could count the number of seeds in each pod, then use multiplication to add up all the seeds.

    Have you done any math using seed pods?


    • What a great hands-on math lesson! I haven’t done any math using seed pods yet…mostly because we’re still mastering the art of growing those seeds pods. 😉 I think your lesson sounds very interesting though. Will you sort the pods by number of seeds in the pod in order to do the multiplication, or will you create sets of seeds after they are removed from the pods? It would be interesting to observe how different students approached the task.

  4. Thanks for featuring me 🙂

  5. What an amazing collection of ideas about seeds, Shauna! I really love the art ideas you’ve shared here. Thanks for linking up to Stress-Free Sunday with Fun-A-Day!.

  6. I love all of these seeds activities! I would love it if you would link up this post on my Money Saving Monday Link Up

  7. What a fab round up of seed related posts.

    Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase. I’ve pinned to our board.

  8. Great round-up. I can never thought of so many things you can do about seeds. Thanks for linking up at Mom’s Library. This week’s link is up, can’t wait to see more great articles from you! http://ow.ly/jWpQi

    • Thanks! It has been really interesting to take a single object and explore it in detail. The kids and I are learning so much!

  9. Love all these round-up posts Shaunna! It seems like every week I click on your linky! 🙂 I might as well just follow your blog already so I’ll go ahead and subscribe! LOL Thanks for sharing with all of us by the way!

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks, Valerie! I really have fun putting the round-ups together…so neat to see so many different ideas come together about the same topic. And thanks for subscribing! I’ve been following your posts for a little while now, and I really enjoy your content and mini-themes.

  10. What a great resource this is!

  11. What a great collection. Just pinned!

  12. Oh my what a fantastic collection of seed ideas. This could be a mini pdf give-away. I hope you’ll consider sharing this at Look What We Did, a month long link up hosted by HammockTracks. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks so much! I’d love to stop by and link up….looks like you have some find ideas shared over there!

  13. Really fun list! Thanks for including our ideas!

  14. Thanks for featuring my seed catalogue rainbow activity! This us a great collection of activities to be a part of!

  15. Thank you so much for putting this collection together for kids to explore and learn from seeds. Thank you for including a few of our posts as well!

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