Bird Sensory Tray for Little Kids

Put together this quick & easy Bird Sensory Tray to explore the topic of Bird Food with your preschoolers. This activity is perfect for your next Birds & Eggs theme! Check it out! 

collage of sensory bin images with text: Bird Sensory TrayWe’re just about to wrap up our first week of Birds & Eggs and today we’re sharing this easy Bird Sensory Tray activity. This one was definitely a favorite around here and both little kids truly enjoyed it! 

preschooler mixing bird seed in Sensory Bird Tray
Baby girl had a blast exploring physical science! She loved scooping and stirring, but what kiddo wouldn’t? And of course there’s a lot to learn when it comes to forces and motion. 

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschooler holding measuring spoon
Little kids are naturally curious and science and sensory activities are a great way to encourage creative thinking and problem solving skills.

I love the tray play ideas because they give toddlers the opportunity to work on lots of different skills independently through hands-on play. 

Bird seed could be a choking hazard, so you would definitely want to skip this one if you have a toddler who still puts things into his or her mouths After all, you can never be too safe. 

preschool scooping bird seed in Sensory Bird Tray
Most birds eat fruit, plants, seeds, insects and other small animals. Birds don’t have any teeth so their bodies have to digest their food whole.

If I were doing this activity with the little guy, I would be asking questions related to how the objects are moving in the tray, especially considering the difference in weight between the bird seed and the feathers. Asking lots of open-ended questions results in deeper thinking and using the scientific method to find out why. 


Sensory Bird Tray with bird seed, feathers, and measuring spoons
Bird Sensory Tray

Supplies

  • Birdseed
  • Nature Items
  • Feathers
  • Measuring Spoons

Prep

  • Fill a tray with birdseed and add a variety of nature items. 
  • Put measuring spoons on the tray

Encourage children to explore the texture as desired. 

preschooler holding feather
This idea came from the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebook that we purchased this month, which adapts the activities in the preschool curriculum kit to be developmentally appropriate for toddlers.

It’s for sure an awesome resource to have on hand when you’re teaching a mixed age group and especially for preschool homeschool when you have both toddlers and preschoolers. 

And let’s be realistic, there really are so many fun things that you could do with this bird seed sensory activity. 

preschooler exploring bird seed sensory bin
We used a tray and measuring spoons, but you could use a sensory bin instead and add funnels and measuring cups as well as different sized bottles and practice lots of wonderful measuring skills. 

Baby girl for sure had a blast scooping and pouring the bird seed and exploring the soft feathers and I’m willing to bet that your little kids would too. What a great sensory experience. That’s for sure!  



Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Birds & Eggs theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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collage of sensory bin images with text: Bird Food Sensory Activity