The kids are going to love these St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles! Add them to your growing list of St. Patrick’s Day activities for preschoolers.
Related: St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sounds
I have to tell you, I really enjoy celebrating all the holidays with the kids, but St. Patrick’s Day is a favorite of mine. I lived in Ireland for a year when I was younger, and I love incorporating information about the country into our St. Paddy’s Day fun.
Plus, the kids have a blast creating beautiful rainbows, finding pots of gold, and searching for lucky charms.
With that in mind, and since St. Patrick’s Day has such recognizable symbols, I thought I should come up with a list of the best St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles!
The kids will adore these activities. And not to mention all of the wonderful learning opportunities:
- Descriptive language
- Fine motor skills
- Color and shape identification
- Sensory exploration (possibility of exploring sight, sound, and touch)
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottles
In this list, you’ll find so many amazing ideas based on the color green, rainbows, gold, shamrocks, and more! I hope your class enjoys some of these St. Patrick’s Day discovery jars!
Students will find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with our gold glitter sensory bottles! You can use gold sequins, as pictured, or just lots of gold dust (aka gold glitter).
Speaking of rainbows, the rainbow sensory bottles from Fantastic Fun and Learning are a great tool for children to practice color identification.
For a colorful twist on themed bottles, try making the gold and green sensory jars from Fun Littles. You can do a color hunt with the kids to find materials for the jars.
Use green and gold beads, confetti, buttons, and pom-poms along with gold coins and shamrocks to create a green and gold sensory bottle from Natural Beach Living!
Use a variety of confetti in the glitter and shamrock sensory bottle from Mom. Wife. Busy Life. I love that it looks like it has tiny gold coins floating in it.
Sometimes the simpler the activity, the better. And that’s no exception with the green glitter jars from Fireflies + Mud Pies. I know they were originally created for Christmas, but I think they belong on this list of St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles too!
Students will absolutely love getting to use real coins when they’re making their gorgeous green glitter sensory bottles from Barkley, Party of Seven. You can definitely incorporate some coin identification into the process, too.
Explore magnetism with a sensory bottle and STEM challenge from The Educators’ Spin On It. I loved this twist on a discovery bottle.
Even More Sensory Bottles for St. Patrick’s Day
Well, I had intended to just share a few St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles with you. But I couldn’t stop myself. So here are 8 more you can make with the kids!
Keep the shamrocks and leprechaun gold sensory bottle from Tea in the Wild in your classroom all March. You need to read how she adds a bit more oomph to many of her sensory jars.
Let students explore how various objects sink at different rates with the glitter calm-down jar from Teaching Second Grade.
Teach students about recycling while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the all green sensory bottle from Teaching Mama.
Include some tiny St. Patrick’s Day-themed items for kids to find in the rainbow rice I-spy bottle from Crafty Kids at Home. This one is great when working on visual discrimination skills.
Children will enjoy helping you make, and then use, the glitter calm-down gold sensory bottles from Active Littles. Those golden shamrocks are just gorgeous, aren’t they?
The kids will have so much fun with the fools gold sensory bottle from A Little Pinch of Perfect. These are definitely must-try St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles for your little rock collectors!
I think the kids will like getting to use an everyday product, like shampoo, for their shamrock shakers from No Time for Flash Cards.
Students will be the lucky ones when they get to have both rainbows and treasure in their pot of gold discovery bottle from Sunny Day Family. You can weave in counting as the children add the pennies to the bottle.
Materials for St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottles
So, you’ve decided that you’re going to try some of these ideas with your students. Surely, you’ll need some materials, right?!
Below, I’ve listed some items to have on hand for not only the St. Patrick’s Day calm-down jars, but other St. Patrick’s Day activities as well!
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- Shamrock confetti
- Green and gold beads
- Gold glitter
- Green glitter
- Gold coins
- Rainbow pom-poms
- Gold glitter glue
- Shamrock buttons
- Rainbow erasers
- Green glue
- Rainbow confetti
Done-For-You Preschool Resources
If you liked these St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles, be sure to head over to Preschool Teacher 101! We have full and comprehensive lesson plans, activity packs, and even a song series!
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