I’m so excited to share our #PlayfulPreschool activities for today. As a little girl, I remember making lots of bird feeders for the birds come wintertime. We had a set of woods beside our house that were home to cardinals and blue jays that didn’t migrate for the winter. As winter approaches (maybe faster than we would like, considering the snow storm we got stuck in last week), it’s a great time to do some fun activities with seeds with my preschooler and my other girls. 

seed activities for preschoolers

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Seed Activities

  • Paper
  • Seeds
  • Glue
  • Nut Butter
  • Tongs or Clothespins
  • Fall Decor
  • Mini Scarecrows

For us preschool is all about play, so when we are doing an activity I don’t need to stress my daughter out by requiring her to perform tasks in a preset way. I know that when I provide good opportunities for her, she will learn all the necessary skills.

One of the things that Shiloh’s therapists have been very excited about is her great fine motor skills. They are progressing very well in comparison to her other skill levels. Their suggestion was to continue providing her with opportunities to use her hands with detailed tasks. This will help her build on something that she already feels successful with.

Since her pincer grasp is great, but her hand muscles themselves are not great, I thought it would fun to create some seed names and pictures. This was also an opportunity to expose her to letters, particularly those in her name.

Fun Activities with Seeds

Our activities with seeds were done in a special order, so that we could end up with some cute little bird feeders as our final activity.

Seed Names

Squeezing the glue bottle is a good way to work on hand and lower arm muscles. You can spell out a name, draw shapes, practice a spelling word or a seasonal word. It’s totally up to you.

name craft

After drawing the name with glue, use the pincer grasp to pick up the seeds and gently sprinkle them over the paper.

For kids with better coordination, you may try to have them follow the letters as they sprinkle the seeds.

seed craft

Allow it to sit for a minute or two and then gently shake the excess seeds off the paper. (We shook ours back into the bowl we were taking them out of.)

seed name craft

I love the contrast of the seed against the dark paper!

Seed Sensory Bin

After that, we took the leftover seeds and made a simple sensory bin.

I used the seeds, some textured decorative balls, and a silly little scarecrow. My kids added in some Littlest Pet Shop birds after I took the pictures.

I actually did this sensory bin in a disposable cake pan because I haven’t gotten my other sensory bin containers put into our new home on wheels yet. But it’s a great reminder that you don’t need any fancy materials or containers to create a fun activity for your kids.

seed sensory bin

When they were done playing with the sensory bin, we decided it was time to make some bird feeders.

Seed Bird Feeders

bird feeder craft

We got out the craft sticks and glued them into triangles. Then, when they were dry, we covered them on both sides with peanut butter (mess alert!) and sprinkled bird seed onto the peanut butter. Add a string to the top and you are done!

Have you done any fun projects or activities with seeds this year? I’d love to hear what you’ve been working on! Leave me a comment to share!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. With allergies today you shoul not use peanut butter,but if you brush with egg whites it will stick the seed to bread or pretzels. The bird will eat the whole thing and use the string in the nest.

    1. That is a great alternative! There are some schools and many families that can still use peanut butter, but it’s always great to have more options!

  2. Love the seed name activity! It is perfect for my 2 year old who is just learning to recognize his name. Thanks for sharing at the #Made4Kids Link Party!

  3. Kim – these are great ways to use seeds! I love the names – I’ll bet you had a lot of fun with this lesson! Nice job!

  4. Oh I love all three of the activities you’ve shared today! The textured balls in the sensory bin look like such a fun element! I need to look into those for some activities with my preschoolers, too!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! We got our textured balls at a craft store, but I think you could find them in any store that has a floral/vase department since that is their intended use.

  5. i loved each one of these activities. We are really into learning our name, so that is a great one for us right now.

  6. Love all of the activities, Kim! I think we should add the triangle bird feeder to another tree and then we can watch squirrels and birds. 🙂

  7. I love the triangular bird feeder. It is a great craft and it would be fun to watch the birds enjoy it. The name craft is great too! Our kids would love to dig into the sensory bin.

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