Seeded playdough sensory play

As I have already mentioned before, there really are so many ways you can incorporate seeds into all content areas of your classroom…

To add a little seed into our sensory play, I made some uncooked homemade playdough. To make the homemade playdough, I used…

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 11/2 Cups of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Food color (optional)  –  I didn’t add any to this batch!

I mixed all of the ingredients together in a bowl and stirred together – then kneaded the dough until it looked and felt like playdough!


Each child started out by forming a  ball of white playdough into a bowl or kind of like a nest to hold their seeds….

Then the children poured a few seeds into their bowl…

Once they had added seed to the ball of playdough, the children simply began to knead the seed into the dough and then play with it any way they wished…

We used different kinds of seed so after a bit, the children shared pieces of playdough with each other so they could feel the different kinds of seeded playdough…

We noticed that the seeds didn’t always stay in the playdough but we didn’t care. The children used their hands to roll the playdough and their fingers to poke the seeds into the playdough or to pluck seeds out of the playdough…

And after awhile, the children requested additional playdough toys to explore the playdough. So I pulled out our basket of playdough toys to let them explore some more…

We kept the playdough for a few more days of play but then I threw it away. The added seeds didn’t make the playdough so great for saving very long…

The seeded playdough was an excellent tool for sensory play, fine motor development, texture, comparing and contrasting, and conversation about the different types of seeds…

By integrating seeds into our sensory play, the children were able to literally get a feel for the differences in each type of seed…

Links to Grow On

Spring songs for preschoolers and toddlers from  (I love her “I’m A Little Seed” song!)

The Seed Begins in the Garden from Little Fingers that Play  (Another cute seed song that I happen to love!)

Books on Amazon


By |2012-03-28T07:00:08+00:00March 28th, 2012|

About the Author:

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. Victoria @ Mommy Marginalia March 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wistfully enjoying your seed series (I say wistfully because it will be awhile before my 2yo will be ready for most of the ideas) and I’m delighted to have an idea to use now (and again later). We feed the birds that visit our yard, and my son is exceptionally sensory, so he’ll love this play idea and, I think, will get something from the connection, too. Thank you!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      I love that you are thinking ahead for your little one!!

  2. Clara- a nursery school teacher April 1, 2012 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Love your site and your links! I get lost in them.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Clara – and getting lost:)

  3. jaime June 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I just put sun flower seeds out for my son this wk with his playdough and had never seen this. Love that you used all kinds of seeds. Go to show everthing has already been done by someone,lol. Will pin this and have to try all kinds of seeds one day- frogs and snails and puppy dog tails

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Haha – well there is always plenty of room to share an idea that you enjoyed even if you find out later that someone else shared something similar. We had lots of fun adding a little sensory to our play dough experience and I am sure your son did too!

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