March is here! We celebrated by packing away our Valentine’s Day decorations and pulling out all of our favorite shamrock and rainbow activities. This afternoon, we switched out our Valentine’s Day sensory bin for another one of our favorites. This simple St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin combines a variety of textures and lots of opportunities for fine motor play and math discovery.
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As I mentioned in this post about sensory bin storage, we keep a big basket down in our basement with all of our sensory bin materials: dried corn, peas, and beans, uncooked popcorn, and various shades of rice and noodles. (You can click here for instant access to our favorite tutorials about dyeing rice and noodles.)
A few years ago, we dyed a bunch of noodles green: rotini, wagon wheels, and seashells. The variety of textures gives young children the opportunity to compare and contrast, sort, and pattern while they play. Best of all, the noodles are larger than other fillers like rice and dried peas, which makes clean-up a breeze!
You can extend the play of this St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin by changing out the accessories every week or so. We started with plastic gold coins and a pair of green tweezers. We also have gathered these items:
- green cups (these are our favorite)
- orange and green silicone cups
- measuring cups and spoons
- ice cube trays
We love to take this sensory bin outside in the sunshine all month long. Hooray for spring!
If you try this St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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