Thursday, March 05, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

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Simple St. Patrick's Day sensory bin activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

After a trip to the dollar store recently, I stocked up on some St. Patrick's Day goodies. Then I basically tossed them all together into this simple St. Patrick's Day sensory bin, which is great for a wide variety of ages, from babies and up! 

This sensory activity features sparkly shamrocks, lucky coins, and so much green that you might think Kermit the Frog was hanging out in there. Sadly, no Kermit, but there's still tons of sensory fun to be had.

Sensory bin idea for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin: What You'll Need

I really love that this sensory bin uses non-food sensory bin fillers (see here and here for more non-food sensory bin ideas). 

It's super simple to put together and uses items from the dollar store. Plus, each of the materials can easily be reused for other St. Patrick's Day activities.

Here's what was in this St. Patrick's Day themed sensory bin:

  • Fabric shamrocks - The ones we used were stickers found at Dollarama
I cut up the mesh tubing for this sensory bin because otherwise it gets really tangled. And I'm tired of untangling it. Especially after it has been wrapped around and around and around an exercise bike. Because that totally happened...

Anyway, this sensory bin is green and festive!

St. Patrick's Day sensory activity for preschoolers and toddlers

St. Patrick's Day sensory activity for preschoolers and toddlers

Playing in a St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

This sensory bin provides a lot of different textures from the smooth foam to the puffy fabric shamrocks to the stretchy, albeit slight scratchy, tubing. And the green mess tubing makes me think of big fat spaghetti noodles or long worms or something. Needless to say, four year old K could hardly resist digging in.

Playing with a St. Patrick's Day sensory bin

Playing with a St. Patrick's Day sensory bin

The mesh tubing is so much fun to play with. K managed to sneak in some fine motor practice by sliding one end of the tubing into the other to create a loop. You could also supply some scissors alongside this sensory bin to encourage some scissor skills practice.

Working on fine motor skills with a St. Patrick's Day sensory bin

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