I’m always happy to have cheap, simple, educational, and entertaining activities for my kids, and I know a lot of teachers who feel the same way. How about you?
I learned this bird seed trick from one of my daughter’s first preschool teachers, and I’m happy to pass it along to you.
Bird Seed Sensory Box
Step 1: Pour in the bird seed.
Tip #1: Do this outside. Bird seed will spill everywhere and you’ll be grateful that it’s not all over your carpet.
Step 2: Play
Tip #2: If you have a lot squirrels in your area, cover your bird seed table at night to discourage those pesky foragers from finding their next meal in your bird seed oasis.
Tip #3: The bird seed lasts indefinitely, and when your child is done with it you can use it to, um, feed birds! Nothing is wasted here, friends!
If you like to keep your projects in a recipe box or binder, feel free to print this nifty card that has all the info in one easy-to-read place:
- Bags of Bird Seed
- High Wall Water Table or Under-the-bed storage box
- Tools such as scoopers, spoons, and bowls
- Access to natural materials such as flowers and twigs
- Fill a water table with bird seed. We used three 16 oz bags, but could have easily used more.
- Offer your child some tools to scoop and pour the seeds.
- Encourage your child to bring natural materials to the table and build fairy homes/ design seascapes/make natural patterns.
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A question for you
What do you find is the most challenging thing about setting up sensory experiences for your child?