Wednesday, March 12, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

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I'm not a big fan of St. Patrick's Day, or most holidays really, but I like to make them somewhat exciting for the boys.  However, I have had absolutely no inspiration for creating any St. Patrick's Day activities.  Then I came across the shamrocks that I made last year from this spelling activity and this counting activity.  So I put together this quick St. Patrick's Day sensory bin for them to explore.
 A literacy rich St. Patrick's Day sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

Simple St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin for Kids

The base for this sensory bin is glass stones from the dollar store.  It's a mixture of various shades of green, yellow and gold, and some clear ones.  I then tossed in the homemade cardstock shamrocks.  Some are blank and some have the alphabet on them.  Foam shamrocks would be a great substitute.  Finally, there are some strips of paper from this spelling activity that have St. Patrick's Day related words written on them.

It literally took me a minute or two to put this sensory bin together and it ended up having a great literacy focus.  The alphabet shamrocks hid perfectly among the glass stones.

Close up of St. Patrick's Day sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

I originally presented this sensory bin to the boys while we were enjoying the spring-like weather in our sunroom.  J loved searching for the letters to spell some of the St. Patrick's Day words.

Exploring a literacy rich St. Patrick's Day sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Spelling St. Patrick's Day words with a literacy rich sensory bin from And Next Comes L

K, on the other hand, wasn't interested in this bin too much.  Unless it was to climb in and stomp around.  Or wrestle with J.  They may or may not have wrestled briefly inside this sensory bin...

St. Patrick's Day Light Table Activity for Kids

Since the filler for this sensory bin is a variety of transparent glass stones, this sensory bin would also look fantastic on the light table.

St. Patrick's Day sensory bin on the light table from And Next Comes L

Close up of St. Patrick's Day sensory bin on the light table from And Next Comes L

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