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Parent Blog

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your little one this month? We have just the thing!!! Why not try out this St. Patrick's Day Sensory bin.
Sensory bins are amazing for letting your child explore new textures in the confined area of a box or bin. Typically, sensory bins will cause a mess, but it is usually easily cleaned up with a broom. You can even invite your child to help sweep up the mess, as more ways to work together after the activity is over. Check out this sensory bin for March!

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

This sensory bin is perfect for March and celebrating the St. Patrick's Day holiday with your little one! This bin is just as fun as it is functional since it works on fine motor skills without your child even realizing it! Encourage them to use the tongs to pick up the gold coins and put them into the "pots of gold." You can encourage your child to play in the rice, work on scooping it up and pouring it out, using the tongs to move the items around and fill up the pots, and any other ways they find to enjoy this fun sensory bin. 
st pattys day bin after
So what goes into this sensory bin?
  • Rice - we used 4 gallons, but feel free to use what you have
  • Tongs
  • Shamrocks
  • Gold Coins
  • Pots of Gold
  • Rainbow (this was just for some extra fun!)
This bin was so fun and inexpensive to make. We were able to find everything we needed at the local dollar store put it together in minutes. We love buying items like this on sale or at a dollar store and work to find creative ways to make the bins fun and also therapeautic! We hope you enjoy this bin as much as we did!
Benefits of Sensory Bins:
  • Improves fine motor skills because the child is practicing pinching, pouring, and scooping. Child is able to pick up each penguin and move him from place to place. 
  • Expands language skills as they describe the different items in the bin, i.e. what color is the cereal, how did it taste, how do the marshmallows feel, etc.
  • Works on social skills by encouraging sharing and communicating if multiple children are playing together.
  • Encourages sensory exploration by encouraging various senses such as touching, smelling, hearing, and seeing. 
  • Sensory bins can have a calming effect on overstimulated children.
  • Encourages imaginative play and play based learning.
  • IT'S FUN!!
Let us know if you tried this sensory bin for yourself? We hope you enjoyed some of these ideas and feel inspired to make a sensory bin at home with your family to play together or entertain yourselves during this season of extra time at home!