While my kids are getting older they still really love to make Sensory Bins. We call them fun finds most of the time now because they think “Sensory” makes them feel young, personally, I'd love to feel young! Anyway, they get a wild hair and make these and spend hours playing. I get to enjoy hours of laughs and memories. This St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin was a real hit!
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin Activity
What is a Sensory Bin?
A sensory bin is a plastic tub of any size that is filled with items that stimulate a child’s sense of touch. Often, a bin will start with dried rice or beans as the base then themed items will be added that can be found or manipulated with spoons, cups, or hands.
Related: St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle
What Tools Can I Add to a Sensory Bin?
Along with rice or beans, spoons, cups, funnels, a small colander, scoops, tweezers, or tongs can be fun additions. Different sized cups, smaller containers, or ice cube trays are helpful to practice pouring and sorting.
What Can I Add to a Sensory Bin for St. Patrick’s Day?
Think green! You can dye some rice or navy beans yellow and green and add gold-colored plastic coins to dig for. If you can find some tiny pots, you can create pots of gold that kids can sort the gold coins into. Green or yellow legos can be another great addition.
Shamrock-shaped toys, green dice, gold and green plastic bead necklaces, pennies, green plastic letters, small dinosaurs, or other small green toys can be festive and fun. Try adding a small container in the middle with some tweezers to transfer small items into the container.
Add a rainbow! Use colorful pipe cleaners and add some white beads as clouds that can be strung on them. You can also add colorful, different-sized craft poms. You can also cook spaghetti and dye the strands in different colors or add colorful marshmallows.
There isn’t a wrong answer for what to add to your sensory bin!
Why Use Sensory Bins?
Not only do sensory bins promote exploration and independent play, but they encourage hand-eye coordination, sorting, counting, and measuring. Whether playing alone or with others, sensory bins also tend to naturally involve oral language. Kids might talk to each other, asking for items or cooperation, but if working alone, kids will often narrate their movements.
What you need for St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin Activity
How to set up St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin Activity
Pour water beads into the sensory bin.
Add enough water to cover them.
Allow time for the beads to grow to full size. Add more water if necessary.
Drain the water beads with a colander.
Pour the water beads into the sensory bin.
Add the cauldrons, gold coins, and scoop to the bin.
- 2-4 tsp. green water beads
- Black Cauldrons
- Gold Coins
- Sensory Bin
- Pour water beads into the sensory bin.
- Add enough water to cover them.
- Allow time for the beads to grow to full size. Add more water if necessary.
- Drain the water beads with a colander.
- Pour the water beads into the sensory bin.
- Add the cauldrons, gold coins, and scoop to the bin.
- Have the child play with the contents of the bin. Scoop water beads into cauldrons. Add coins to cauldrons. Count the coins, hide the coins, etc!