Making seed balls with kids is a really fun way to spread wildflower seeds. We tried it out this summer, and I think it would make a really great fall activity, too!
KidsGardening has a great how-to on making seed balls – but I wanted something even easier. We took this activity with us to a family lakehouse, and wanted to make our packing as simple as possible. I found some pre-made seed ball mix online, and bought a few packets of wildflower seeds at my local garden center. I also grabbed all the poppy seeds we had been collecting from our home garden. (You can see them in the image above - we had at least four tablespoons worth!)
Both kids AND adults had fun getting a little messy mixing the seeds into the clay. If you’re doing this activity with toddlers, I recommend using bigger seeds. Or, if you use really tiny seeds, like poppies, you can roll the clay in a few seeds instead of trying to sprinkle them on your clay.
We rolled up some seed balls, let them dry for a day, and then set out to spread some beauty.
Throwing the seed balls was my kids’ favorite part! We can’t wait to visit again next summer and see what, if anything, has grown.
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