In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, we chose to share these four simple sensory activities for young children. Each activity can be used both in and out of the classroom, and are perfect for celebrating the luck of the Irish. Check out the links provided for further details and instructions on each activity!
1. Shamrock Salt Tray
A salt tray serves as a great pre-writing activity for younger children. Not only can it be used year round, the setup is super-simple! Just add green food coloring to table salt, pour it in a large tray, and begin drawing your favorite Saint Patrick’s Day designs. Check out andnextcomesl.com to get a firsthand glimpse of the activity!
2. Saint Patrick’s Day Treasure Jars
This simple and enjoyable sensory activity only requires water, a clear jar, liquid watercolors, and any Saint Patrick’s Day materials you happen to have on-hand. Afterward, kids love to display their jars and show off their treasure. Go to kidsplaybox.com for more details!
3. Help the leprechaun find his gold!
Start by filling a plastic bin with shaving cream. Mix in green paint streaks, green pompoms, green sequins, and gold coins to create an interesting mix of textures. The children then get to “help the leprechaun” by digging through the mix to find all of the gold coins. Get creative and use this sensory activity for other holidays by mixing in different colors and textures! For more details and information, visit funathomewithkids.com.
4. Gold in the Rainbow
This sensory activity involves yarn and a plastic bin, and is a less messy take on the above-mentioned shaving cream activity. Fill the tub with “rainbows” by cutting apart colorful, variegated yarn. Once the bin is filled with an adequate amount of rainbows, mix in gold pompoms, gold plastic coins, etc. This fun sensory activity has the benefit of easy prep and easy cleanup! Visit http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/26266/st-patricks-day for more on this activity.