Now is the time to get those gardens ready, which means buying seeds and watching them grow! While you are picking out those seeds, why not grab a few extra packs and give this easy Seed Sorting Sensory Activity for Kids a try? Seeds are perfect for exploring those sensory skills and fine motor skills, and since they are so cheap they are budget friendly too. Take a look below how we took a few packs of seeds and made our own Seed Sorting Sensory Activity for Kids in just minutes.
Seed Sorting Sensory Activity for Kids
- assorted garden seeds (try to choose a variety of shapes, colors, sizes)
- tongs or tweezers
- divided tray (found at your local dollar store)
- tape (This is optional and can come in handy when you are cleaning up. Just press the tape to the seeds to pick them up easily.
- You can now start assembling your tray. To do this, open each package of seeds taking care to not rip the title/top of the seed pack. You want to be able to read the name as it will help children with sight words. Then, place one envelope in each compartment of the tray.
- Spill some of the seeds into the compartments taking care to keep them separated. Then, prop the seed packet in the compartment with its corresponding seeds. As you can see below, we just sprinkled a few in and placed the packet next to it. DO NOT pour all of the seeds in the compartment. You want to save some for the center of the tray. This is where children will pick from.
- You can now place the tweezers or tongs in the center of the tray. This is what children will use to sort the seeds.
Now, all children need to do is grab a seed with the tweezers and decide which tray it will go in. They can match the seed to some of the seeds already poured into the compartments. As you sort, you can talk about the seeds, what they look like, smell like, their size, shape, etc. As they pinch the seeds they will also be practicing their fine motor skills which is always important.
Once you sort the seeds, you can start all over again. Just sprinkle the seeds back into the center of the tray and you are ready to go again.
If you are looking for a fun and budget friendly sensory activity for kids, this seed sorting activity is it. Give it a try and see how much fun you can have. Remember that when you are done, you can always plant the seeds in seed starters or directly into your garden. This is a great way to use them up after the fun is done!