St.Patrick’s Day Activities: Sensory bin

St.Patrick’s Day Activities: Sensory bin
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So much has been said about the importance of sensory play for young children. A wonderful post by Not Just Cute explains the importance of  stimulating senses through play. Today’s post is a St.Patrick’s Day inspired sensory bin created for my almost toddler ( at 15 months) which turned out just as fun for my preschooler. Incorporating play that can simultaneously entertain the two age groups is the best part of the activity.

Things we used
  • Green Grams
  • Yellow Split peas
  • Green and Yellow Cheerios
  • Golden ribbon
  • Gold play coins
  • Cups
  • Strips of paper made into rounds of different sizes
  • Spoons, measuring cups and basting brush

Choose a bin that is a deep enough to hold the lentils so they don’t spill out with every action. Create different sizes of circles from paper strips and stick them to the sides to create challenges.

sensory bin - set up

The set up: Add the beans, peas and all the fun stuff into the bin and give it a gentle mix. Add the spoons, cups and brushes. Your set up is now complete and the kids are ready to play.

St.Patrick's day activities

Challenge the preschooler to drop the beans through the smallest circle and into the cups. See how many tries it takes to fill the cup. Hide the coins and let your tot find the hidden treasure.

sensory bin fine motor practice

My 4 yr old collected the golden coins to create her pot of gold and also used the ribbons to make a simple golden rainbow. So there’s the surprise element of Imaginative play.

sensory bin for kids

My 15 month old enjoyed all the different sensory elements in the bin. Loved to transfer the beans and peas between the spoons. Used fine motor practice to scoop, dump and sweep the beans in the bin.

sensory bin for infants

The beans that spilled out made good practice on her pincer grip and gross motor 🙂

sensory bin for babies

Sensory bins are easy to set up and provide ample entertainment and learning skills.

sensory playtime

A recap of all the play ideas and activities my kids enjoyed in this sensory bin

1. I encouraged my  child to drop the beans into the paper shapes attached ( younger child)

2. Picking up the spilled beans using pincer grasp (Younger child)

3. Scooping, counting and transferring (Younger child)

4. We counted the number of tries needed to fill the cup. We also talked about volume and comparisons (older child)

5. We also counted and filled our pots with gold coins. (Older child)

Other St. Patrick’s Day themed activities we have shared.

crafts for st patricks day

st patrick s day crafts for kids

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  1. Amie @ Triple T Mum

    Hi 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op. I just love your photos, they are so vibrant and clear! I have chosen your post as a feature on Triple T Mum’s Kid’s Co-Op Showcase on Thursday and I have pinned your post to the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op Board.

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