Sensory Bin for St. Patrick’s Day

If you're looking for fun indoor activities for kids for St. Patrick's Day, you'll love this sensory bin. It's festive and educational!

As you know, we’re big fans of sensory bins. They can keep my little guy occupied for 30 minutes to an hour or more, and it lets him touch, smell, see and hear new things. This is a simple sensory bin using St. Patrick’s Day decorations from the Dollar Tree. Here’s how you can put your own together!

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin



  • Rice (or beans, oats, cheerios…whatever you want to use)
  • Foam shamrocks
  • Gold coins
  • Leprechaun hats (for scooping and pouring)
  • Optional – peppermint extract to scent the rice, and green food coloring to turn some of it green (see how here)

As you can see, I spelled out the word “LUCK” on some of the shamrocks. I asked the kiddo to identify each letter for me. He liked the sparkly ones better, of course, and mostly played with those. The hats found their way onto the heads of Burt, Ernie, Elmo, Mickey Mouse, Phineas, Ferb and lots of other toys. He liked the hats the most, and even did a little scooping and pouring with them.

Sensory Bin for St. Patrick's Day

If your kiddo still puts things in his/her mouth, you may want to skip the coins, though I believe these are large enough to prevent swallowing.

Before you let your kiddo dig in, I highly recommend that you put a blanket down. We always have quite a mess on our hands after he’s scooped, poured and ran his toys through the rice.

If you choose to scent your rice with peppermint extract (or any other scent), you can keep it for future sensory bins by simply placing the rice in a gallon-sized Ziploc baggie after play. That’s how I store ours, and this rice has now gone through several sensory bins!

What are your favorite fun indoor activities for kids for St. Patrick’s Day?

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For more St. Patrick’s Day fun, try this burlap shamrock craft. It’s easy enough for the kids to do, but adults will enjoy it, too. And for more St. Patrick’s Day kid crafts, check out the awesome roundup of 15 fun activities.

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16 thoughts on “Sensory Bin for St. Patrick’s Day”

    • It is. Super easy to color it when you add a little peppermint extract and food coloring to the bag. Pretty and fragrant! You just have to let it dry overnight so you don’t have little green hands putting their prints on everything.

  1. In all honestly I would still make this for my 6 year old. It looks like so much fun. Plus I would be doing it as well. I love feeling rice kernels, sand, little marbles, it’s like a stress relieve for me. Almost like a little zen garden.

  2. I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who’s set a “rice bin” up for sensory play for their child. I used to do this when my 13yo was younger and while she loved it, everyone else seemed to think I was nuts LOL

    • Oh my goodness, Brenda…I often get comments that make me out to be some kind of saint (or nut) because I let the kiddo play with rice. LOL Cleanup is easy if you put down a blanket!

  3. Exactly! We had a sliding glass door in our living room and so any rice she’d spill, I’d throw outside and the birds would enjoy. I did that with Playdough pieces that were way too small too. I hope the birds didn’t eat them too LOL

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  5. I love the idea! Now, for someone to make us an sensory corned beef sandwiches, so that us adults can enjoy the holiday, too!

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