St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

What better way to introduce an abstract concept to a toddler than to give them a hands-on experience! I introduced the idea of who a Leprechaun is and what the story behind those little men. Here is the sensory bin I created in order to do so: 
 St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin DIY

“The Story of the Leprechaun” Sensory Bin

The Leprechaun is a fun myth/legend to share with your child. I believe it is your choice as a parent(s) how you want to introduce any “make-believe” characters to your child. However, as a former elementary teacher, I do believe it is beneficial to pre-introduce these characters to your child (and how you want your child to view them) before they learn about them in school (public or private).

1. The “Sensory Bin” I used I bought specifically for sensory/playing activities because of its large size and perfect depth! I purchased the bin at Ikea. Click Here to see the bin at Ikea.com! You can also purchase a lid for the bin.

2. The “Dirt” was a combination of coffee beans and chocolate cheerios. :) This blog is titled Cheerios and Lattes…remember, I told you those are staples around here!

3. The Leprechaun was the little man cut off of the Lucky Charms box.

4. The Leprechaun Footprints were little green pom-pom balls. You could also use a green stamp pad and finger to make the footprints; then cut them out.

5. The Rainbow was made by my son using a pipe cleaner and Fruit Loops. I curled the ends upwards to hold the Fruit Loops in place.

6. The Shovel for digging for gold was a spoon. ;)

7. The Gold were Rolos.

 

Parent-Guided Play to Self-Guided Play

(Parent-Guided Play)

1. Introduce the story behind The Leprechaun to your child using the Sensory Bin.

2. Ask them to re-tell the story to you using the Sensory Bin.

3. Have the child “re-create” the story for a younger sibling. (This is SO much fun to listen and watch!)

 

(Child-Guided Play)

1. Allow your child to play with the Sensory Bin on their own.

2. Give them guidelines/expectations (ex. keep everything inside the bin, do not eat anything in the bin, etc.).

3. Keep your eye on what your child is doing. Watch for things to praise your child for (ex. sharing, obeying your guidelines, etc.)

*Note: Watching your child play from afar is a great way to take inventory of skills you should work on with them (ex. character traits, fine-motor, etc.).

 

PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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  1. I LOVE this idea. I use to teach, so I’m big on doing stuff like this with my daughter. I haven’t seen this idea before.

    Stopping by from Alexa Hop. http://www.housesbyshannon.blogspot.com (Mommy of One and Counting)

    • Shannon- Thank you, I’m glad you liked it enough to try it. Please let me know how it turns out! We’d love to have you link up with us on the Saturday Show & Tell Link Up! I’m off to check out your site! :)

  2. So adorable – I love activities to help with a learning concept, so this is great, and easy! If I can pull it together fast enough we will be doing this tomorrow …

    • Marissa- Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! We’d love to have you link up with us on the Saturday Show & Tell Link Up and share some of your ideas! :)

  3. wow this is an awesome idea.

    Im stopping by from the Friday Blog Hop, im now following you!
    http://adventuresofmelandthekids.blogspot.com/

    • Melissa, Thanks so much for your kind words and for visiting! We’d love to have you link up with us on the Saturday Show & Tell Link Up! I’m off to check out your site! :)

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