Simple seed mosaics

Seeds are such a wonderful resource to explore in preschool. From art to math to science, the ideas are truly endless for play, exploration, and discovery…

To make a seed mosaic, each child was given a shallow lid saved from a margarine container. The children filled the lid with a big puddle of glue…

Once the children added a puddle of glue to the lid, they tilted the lids back and forth a bit to spread the glue so it covered the entire bottom of the lid…

Then the children added beans to the lids. We only used beans but one could certainly make this interesting by using a variety of different kinds of seeds…

And then the children painted over the tops of their beans as they wished. We used liquid washable tempera paint…

Some of the children preferred to also add paint to their glue. I left this part of the process open to what they thought would be interesting…

Once the children completed painting the beans, we set the mosaics aside to dry for about a week…

After the mosaics were dry, we peeled them out of the lids and added a hole and some yarn to hang them up!

Super simple!

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By |2012-03-26T14:00:02+00:00March 26th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. [email protected]&Remember March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    That’s a neat idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you Stacy:)

  2. Roopa March 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Love the idea! We may have to try this soon..

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Super simple process – can be done anytime with almost any thing! Seeds are just what we happened to be exploring at the moment:)

  3. [email protected] March 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Ok, this one I love! We are having squash for dinner tonight, and now I have a prefect way to use the seeds.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Haha – two for the price of one!

  4. corrie March 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    You are the sort of teacher I wish I had in pre-k.

  5. Esther March 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    This is just wonderful! So simple and lot of possibilities!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your valuable input!

  6. [email protected] March 27, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Ooooh love this and perfect timing! We are starting seed planting next week and are already doing your ten seeds activity (book is on order!), but I will have to add this one too! Thankyou.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      It is a terrific and easy activity! Some of my students want to do it again)

  7. Kimira March 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Its a lovely activity and I am sure both my kids will love it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Kimira!

  8. Lan November 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Hello! thank you so much for the ideas. This is so need for pre’K to active participate and practice their counting and color skill. Thank you.

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