Easy Nature Play Idea – Seed Pod Boats

Imaginative play with seed pods

We really have some truly unique and beautiful seed pods here in Australia, don’t we? Our home is filled with pods of all shapes and sizes which we have collected on our daily walks. Recently we were lucky enough to come across some Moreton Bay Chestnuts. Ironically we found these right in the middle of suburbia – along the footpath near the entrance to Fox Studios here in Sydney. There are some spectacular Moreton Bay Figs along that road and despite the fact that we were walking in torrential rain, I couldn’t resist stopping to collect a few of these beauties that had fallen to the ground.

using seed pods as boats

The size and shape of these seed pods lend themselves perfectly to imaginative play. They look just like little boats and R (5 years) spent a happy afternoon in the sunshine creating stories with them. I filled a plastic tub with water and he added some weeds lovely plants from our lawn to represent lilly pads in his make believe pond.

imaginative play with natural materials

We have a yellow Clematis trailing across our pergola and soon some of these blooms had become passengers in the little seed pod boats. We also have an abundance of Sheoak Pods in our nature collection and these too made an appearance in R’s water tub.

loose parts for imaginative play

R piled the little seed pod boats full of Sheoak Pod passengers and drifted them across the water, narrating stories as he always does throughout his play. We love to spend quiet afternoons like this in backyard. If things are getting a little crazy with our day then all we need to do is head outside, fill up a tub with water and things become so much calmer.

outdoor sensory play with water

What items from nature do your kids enjoy using for imaginative play?

Making boats from seed pods



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  1. What wonderful boats! It must have been fun to watch them glide across the water.

    • Thank you Deirdre! It was a lovely simple way to play.

  2. Lovely pictures! We’ve got these seed pods around our house and they do make great boats don’t they. Some have joined us in the bath on occasion. :)

  3. I love the pictures here. We love collecting seed pods and the sure make great boats :)

  4. nae

    such a cute idea.
    love those pictures- Have shared & pinned this.

  5. How beautiful! I love this, what a sweet idea :) My little one is a bit too young for imaginative play yet, but she does enjoy a good seed pod. Some delightful ones in bloom at the moment too!

  6. These are just solo beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such large seed pods so I need to look a bit harder. Just gorgeous.

  7. The little boats look so pretty! We’d have lots of fun with this.

  8. Such sweet little boats and such an opportunity for the imagination to run wild! Beautiful pics Ness!

  9. Those seed pods make awesome boats – just the right shape and everything! We use flat bark that falls off the tree to float in puddles.

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