Find 3 easy activity ideas for St Patrick's Day Sensory Bin Play in this post! My boys love getting messy and doing anything with their hands so these were perfect for us.
These St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin Play Activities are great for kids of all ages. We've pulled together 3 different St. Patrick's Day Activities that are each a great way for those with sensory challenges or those that just like to play to have some sensory tub fun with different materials.
Sensory Bin Activity
My oldest son benefits greatly from any sensory-friendly fun. He's Autistic and really enjoys these kinds of activities. I am always on the hunt for hassle-free crafts & activities for him. It works out for my younger son too because he just loves messy things, it's a big win!
Sensory bins are a great way for kids (and adults) to use all their senses while learning. By seeing, touching, smelling, and even hearing the different sensory inputs there are many important learned skills.
Some of the benefits of a sensory bin or sensory box include an increase in fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity, imagination, critical thinking, and others.
Simply collecting fun St. Patrick's day-themed items provides different ways for little learners to have sensory experiences.
Don't miss our St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts for added Fun.
St Patrick's Day Sensory Bin Ideas for Kids
Below you will find three St. Patrick's sensory bin fun activity ideas. For the most fun sensory activity you can grab items at your local dollar store. Some added St. Patrick's Day ideas include plastic gold coins, rainbow rice, green rice, dried split peas even, and craft supplies that have different colors. The idea is to activate the senses. Here are the three themed sensory bin ideas we've come up with.
Exploring Green Scented Play Dough
ZDough is a natural, handmade, and scented play dough created by a mom who loved making her own play dough for her daughter. She offers it in a variety of colors, sizes, and scents and can even personalize it!
I surprised the boys with three small tins, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen & Lime, and they played with them happily for so long!
They kept molding it into different shapes and really loved it. The scents are great too! It's fun to smell and talk about what it reminds us of. Jacob said the Lime play dough reminded him of lemon and that led us into a conversation about green foods.
One of my favorite things about ZDough is the metal tin packaging. Yes, this is a bit trivial but if you've even tried to get play dough out of those plastic containers from the store and failed miserably, then you'd appreciate this! The dough practically slid in and out of the tin making it so easy to play with and meaning happier play time for us.
Lucky Charms Cereal Number Search
OK, at first glance this seems like a complete waste of food but trust me, it's actually a lot of fun, and they can eat it as they play! For this activity, we used a big plastic bin, 2 boxes of Lucky Charms cereal (any rainbow color cereal will work too), and our Melissa & Doug 1-20 Number Puzzle.
I dumped the numbers in the bin with the cereal, shook it a bit to move the pieces around, and then the boys started their search. As they found the numbers, we counted together and even had races to see who found them all the fastest.
A few things to note:
- I made them wash their hands before & after this activity.
- I let them eat the cereal as they played to enhance the sensory fun!
- If you don't have a number puzzle, use what you have! You can do this with letters, shapes, sight words, etc...so long as the pieces won't mess with the cereal taste you are good to try anything you have on hand.
Shamrock Marble Painting
Marble Painting is one of my favorites! When I was teaching, this was a highlight for me with my students. I'd actually never gotten the chance to do it with my boys at home yet so I was really excited for this one.
All you need to make this simple craft is a bin, construction paper, marble, paint (desired color or various colors) & scissors.
Start by printing out this shamrock template on any color paper you choose, and cutting it out. Then, place it in the bin with the marble, add a few drops of paint on different areas of the shape, and move the bin around to make the marble "paint" the shamrock.
We highlighted this St. Patrick's Day Crafts along with some other fun kid's crafts in our March Crafts along with our 101+ Easy Craft Ideas for kids.
You also do not want to miss our 101+ Printable Coloring Pages For Kids and 101+ Printables For Kids full of Crafts and Coloring Pages.
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- Shamrock Bingo
- St. Patrick's Day Word Scramble
I hope you give these St. Patrick's Day Sensory Play ideas a try too! If you do, share it on social media and tag me so I can see it.
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