How to make a ladybird seed bomb

How to…

Use garden soil, loam or top soil with large seeds such as nasturtium or sunflower to make this simple seed bomb. 

  • Estimated time: minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer
  • Level of experience: No experience needed


This quick and easy activity could be used to cover topics such as counting and mini-beasts as well as a fun way to plant seeds in your garden.

  1. Use a mister to moisten the soil

  2. Mould the soil into a ball

  3. Flatten the ball of soil between your two palms

  4. Carefully open the packet of seeds

  5. Start with two spots on the 'pronotum' (the bit behind the ladybirds head)

  6. Mark the wings and the 'pronotum' (the bit behind the ladybird's head)

  7. Add in as many spots as you like - have a look at some ladybirds to count them

  8. Once you have finished your ladybird seed bomb throw it spot down on some bare soil. If the weather is dry water it in.

Additional information

Read and watch a video of how students from Angmering School used seed bombs to boost biodiversity around Tangmere Airfield Nursery here.

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