Explore important early learning skills at home or in the classroom with this St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin. It’s a wonderful sensory experience that’s perfect for experimenting with physical science concepts. Check it out today!
Are you ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day? I’m excited to share a fun new way to celebrate with your little kids while incorporating some early learning fun with this St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin.
This fun new sensory bin is filled with shamrocks, “pots of gold,” and lots of lucky charms this year. Plus, it’s a tactile experience that your preschoolers can use to develop all kinds of important skills too!
Keep reading to discover how you can create your own St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin to celebrate the big day in a way that’s full of magic while having lots of fun at the same time!
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You’ll get lots of wonderful ideas and suggestions for building a preschool lesson or unit study around this St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin idea too.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Sensory Play
St. Patrick’s Day is filled with magic! Get ready to celebrate with lots of lucky charms and green goodies right at home using this fun sensory play activity idea.
A sensory experience is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home or in the classroom this year while exploring all five senses and building important fine motor skills with your preschoolers too.
Little learners will have lots to explore in this unique sensory bin! Keep reading to learn more about all the great early learning skills you can incorporate with a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin.
The Role of Sensory Play in Preschool
Learning with sensory play is lots of fun! But it’s so much more than just an amusing activity to squeeze into your lesson plans.
Did you know that sensory exploration and play helps preschoolers build important nerve connections in the brain, developing early learning skills?
It’s true! Check out these important skills you can practice while engaging in sensory play:
- Language Skills
- Fine Motor Skills
- Problem Solving Skills
- Social Skills
Plus, with a little adjustment, you can incorporate all kinds of extra learning your preschoolers won’t even notice!
Try a few of these fun learning ideas with your St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin:
- Hide a leprechaun in your sensory bin and let your preschoolers have fun trying to “catch” him in a variety of ways for an important lesson in building problem-solving skills and exploring early engineering concepts.
- Have kids find all the things in your sensory bin that are NOT green to practice color identification, sorting, and comparing and contrasting objects.
- Explore physical science concepts, for example, which items sink and which ones float. Encourage children to experiment with the bubble wrap and other materials to make St. Patrick’s Day boats or even leprechaun traps.
Make Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin
Sensory bins and trays like this one are one of my favorite things because they’re so easy to put together.
Sensory bins are incredibly flexible! They’re filled with opportunities for learning and fun, budget-friendly, and don’t require too much time to create.
Are you ready to make your own St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin this March?
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin
What you’ll need
- Large Bin
- Small Containers
- Shamrock Cookie Cutters
- Gold Coins
- Bubble Wrap
- Beads and/or Buttons
- Pokey Balls
Here’s how to do it
- Pour some water into the large bin.
- Add each of the items that you chose to include in your St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin.
- Give your little kids the opportunity to explore.
There are no rules, but there are some steps to remember. Don’t be afraid to get creative. I did!
Add or subtract whatever you like for a truly unique sensory experience. At one point, I was reaching for everything tactile, green, or magical that I could spot in my craft supplies.
It really is that simple to create an engaging and hands-on St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin that your preschoolers and kindergartners are sure to love!
We talked about cause and effect and even measuring. So many wonderful opportunities for play-based learning!
Want to add more learning fun to your St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin? Check out these printables and activities to extend the learning this March:
- Preschool Counting Notebook for St. Patrick’s Day
- St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Color by Number
- Color by Sight Word St. Patrick’s Day Printables
- 85+ Rainbow Activities for Preschoolers for extra St. Patrick’s Day rainbow magic!
What’s your favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home or in your preschool classroom?
Share your favorite memories and celebration ideas in the comments section. I can’t wait to read them all and try a few with my own little learners at home this St. Patrick’s Day.