The St. Patrick’s Day season is sneaking up on us, and believe it or not this is the perfect time to give children some fun hands on play time. A sensory bin such as the one below can help them develop their imaginative play as well as encourage the growth of fine motor skills. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money creating your own St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory bin, in fact you can make one for very little and in just minutes. Take a peek below at how to create your own, and provide a wonderful educational activity for your child!
- Plastic bin or bowl (we used a large mixing bowl we already had)
- A bag of dried rice or beans
- Assorted measuring cups and spoons
- Tongs, stir sticks, wooden spoons, and other utensils
- Assorted foam or paper clovers
- Silk clovers or green flowers
- Green craft pom poms
- Rainbow assortment of craft sticks
- St. Patrick’s Day cookie cutters
- Assorted green or Irish themed items
We were able to find most of our supplies at our local dollar store and in our own kitchen. Try to find items that stay in the St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland theme and color scheme. Your dollar store will have many themed options, and your own kitchen will have many of the utensils such as measuring cups and spoons that make this activity fun.
The directions for making your own St. Patrick’s Day children’s sensory bin are easy. Begin by laying down a tablecloth or bed sheet so you can enjoy easy clean up later. Pour the rice or beans into the bin and add in the suggested materials. Place the bin at the center of the blanket, and allow children plenty of time to manipulate the items. They will love practicing such skills like pouring, scooping, measuring, and imagining!
Head to your local dollar store (and then kitchen!) and gather the supplies you need to create your own St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory bin. This one educational activity you won’t want to miss, and neither will the kiddos!