Creating a seed mosaic is a creative and relaxing activity. Firstly create a template so children can draw around it on a piece of cardboard (an old cardboard box is perfect). I’ve used a heart in this instance, but you could choose any shape you like.
Children then cut out the cardboard shape with scissors, and use a hole punch to make a hole at the top.
An assortment of colourful seeds (beans, peas, rice, lentils etc.) can be glued on with PVA glue to make a pattern.
This is a great use for seeds which are past their use-by date, or weevil infected. Once dry, a piece of string or ribbon can be tied through the hole so the heart can be hung.
This is a fun, inexpensive, nature craft activity for a whole class. It is also a great way to start a conversation about the diversity of seeds, and can lead to discussion about the need to preserve heirloom seeds. For more information check out the The Seed Savers Network.
More examples of seed mosaics can be found on page 14 of my book Nature Crafts with Common Plants.