Hey friends! With St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner I’ve teamed up with some of my crafty blogger friends to share St. Paddy’s Day crafts and activities you can do with your little ones. Of course, for my activity we chose to make one of our favorite things… a sensory bin!
This themed sensory bin is very versatile, but here is what we included in ours: green rice, gold coins (from Dollar Tree), a Fruit Loop rainbow, black cauldron (also from Dollar Tree), and a cardstock shamrock.
To dye the rice green: add 2 cups of rice to a large zip-lock bag, 2 TBS vinegar, and a few drops of food coloring. Mix everything together well, pour out onto a tray, and let dry (this takes a few ours.)
To make the Fruit Loop rainbow: I used Fruit Loops, a pipe cleaner, and mini marshmallow. Simple add a mini marshmallow to one end of the pipe cleaner, then thread in the Fruit Loop colors in a rainbow pattern, trim pipe cleaner if needed, and add the last marshmallow.
Once everything was ready I placed everything inside our bin, hiding the gold coins in the rice, and my youngest dug in and started trying to find the coins and place them in the cauldron, counting the coins along the way.
Alternative ideas: Don’t have extra rice on hand, or don’t feel like the rice-mess clean up? Check out my list of simple sensory bin fillers HERE. If you don’t have a cauldron you can substitute this with a bucket or plastic container. Also, the gold coins can easily be cut out with cardstock instead, changed to Fruit Loops, or any item you’d like to hide!