DIY St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Sensory Bin

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by on February 24, 2014

stpatssensoryThe 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!

Supplies needed:

  • 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.

Directions:

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!

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  • SwaRai

    I’m going to make this! My son would play with this for hours.

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    What a cute sensory bin, we do them ourselves too – my son loves them. I like all the hands on goodies you added!

  • JadeLouise Designs

    My daughter would love that sensory bin! That is so fun and festive!

  • themomjen

    Loved doing these when I was a teacher back 15 years ago in our kindergarten class. I personally would love to move my hands around in rice….or pinto beans are smooth too! My favorite sensory activity though still has to be shaving cream on the table!

  • Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutan

    This is such a fabulous and seasonal idea! I wish I’d done this while I had my own preschool class… they would’ve had a BLAST! Love it!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    http://www.thediaryofadebutante.com

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Thanks Stephanie!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    It is very fun – and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either. I hope your daughter enjoys!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Yeah! So glad to hear!

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