This charming Clover Sensory Bin is the perfect St. Patricks Day activity for your lucky little leprechauns! Make one today for some exciting sensory play!
Clover Sensory Bin
My kids always get so excited when we get out our sensory bin! They love to dig their hands in and feel everything, and then use different tools to move things around. They are thrilled when they discover new items in the bin, and have so much fun playing with them! Sensory bins with a special theme are extra fun, and this Clover Sensory Bin is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s guaranteed to give your kids hours of fun and learning at the same time!
Why Sensory Play Is Important
Kids learn best when they use all of their senses! Sensory play allows kids to explore independently with their eyes and hands, and observe through different textures, sounds, and smells. It gives them an opportunity to practice their fine motor skills, observation skills, and even self-regulation and social skills when they play with others. They also practice important cognitive skills as they count and sort each item in the bin. The benefits of sensory play are endless!
- A plastic bin
- Sandbox toys or fine motor tools for scooping and playing
- Foam clovers (you can purchase these precut or you can cut them yourself out of foam craft sheets)
- Filler for your bin, such as uncooked rice, beans, pasta, or green craft pom poms
How to Make a Clover Sensory Bin
Fill the plastic bin with rice, beans, pasta, or craft pom poms. Add the foam clovers and mix them in. Then, place the sandbox toys in the plastic bin, and you are ready to play! It’s that easy to set up!
Tips and Tricks
- Add gold coins, cauldrons, and confetti to your Clover Sensory Bin for some more St. Patrick’s Day fun!
- Make your rice or pasta more vibrant and colorful with some food dye!
- Sensory play can sometimes get messy. Place a blanket or tablecloth under your sensory bin for easier clean-up.
- For sensory play on the go, put everything in a double layer of freezer bags (for extra durability). Your kids will love feeling and finding each item in the bag!
More Clover Ideas…
For more fun with texture, try this neat Shamrock Salt Painting project! Your kids will love this exciting new way to paint!
Snuggle up together and read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! for some silly storytime fun!
Michele is a mom of 5 with her degree in marriage and family studies. She believes that one of the best ways you can spend time with your family is doing fun things together.