“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
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!)
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.).