Looking for some fun activities for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? St. Patrick’s Day Homemade Sensory Bottles could be your new tradition! Sensory bottles, DIY-style, are a fun learning activity for young children. Once complete, the St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles can be useful as calm down jars or sensory play. Go ahead and “shake up” your normal rhythms of play with this awesome St. Patrick’s Day sensory activity!

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Materials for the St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle for Preschool

  • 16oz. Sensory bottle
  • 1 tsp. Green water beads
  • Green beads
  • Water
  • Gold coins
  • Optional: tape or glue

When my kids were young, I wanted to make St. Patrick’s Day special and spice up a dull month. So I planned an early morning scavenger hunt (think green glitter, leprechaun prints and shamrock confetti:)

It ended with a leprechaun holding a hat full of treats. Little did I know, it was EXPECTED the following year! And the year after that! Be careful, parents, that’s how traditions are born!

Preschool Sensory Bottles

Making sensory bottles in preschool is a great way to work on lots of important skills! Students learn about mixtures, solids vs. liquids, separation and settling, and coping skills!

Calm down bottles are a great way to teach young children how to self-regulate. When a child becomes overstimulated, or begins to act out, they just need to grab the sensory bottle, shake it, and watch it settle.

A glitter sensory bottle with various objects contained within can also be used as a discovery bottle. Students will have fun spotting various St. Patrick’s Day themed items. Any theme works!

Fine motor activities and sensory activities go hand in hand. As young hands explore a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin, their small muscles gain strength and dexterity. Turning, shaking and investigating a sensory bottle gives small hands and eyes a purpose.

St. Patrick's Day math bundle

How to Make the St. Patrick’s Sensory Bottles

These green water bead sensory bottles come together easily. You can always adapt based on what you have on hand, or get creative!

Supply List for the Sensory Bottles:

  • 16oz. Sensory bottle
  • 1 tsp. Green water beads
  • Green beads
  • Water
  • Gold coins
  • Optional: tape or glue
The supplies for the St. Patrick's Day homemade sensory bottles.

Step-by-Step Sensory Bottle Assembly Instructions

  1. Pour water beads into a bowl. Add 1 cup of water. Set aside and allow the water beads to reach full size. Add more water if necessary.

2. Drain the water beads with a colander. 

3. Scoop a few water beads into the bottle. Add beads and coins. 

4. Add more water beads. Fill the bottle about ¾ full with items. 

5. Pour water into the bottle until full. Close and secure the lid well with tape or glue.

*If you’re like me, you agree that glitter makes everything a little more magical! If desired, add glitter glue or green glitter to make this discovery bottle sparkle!

*Glow in the dark glue or beads are also great ideas to spice up any DIY sensory bottle.

A close up of one of the finished St. Patrick's Day homemade sensory bottles.

More St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Ideas

Teaching young children through each season and holiday is a sure way to engage them while helping them understand our world.

Sensory activities for St. Patrick’s Day can easily be adapted from the Valentine’s Day activities in the previous month!

  • Change out the sensory bin to include everything green!
  • Focus on healthy, green foods-(perhaps a blind taste test!)
  • Use texture in shamrock art with sponge painting, vegetable prints, or salt painting.
  • Share St. Patrick’s Day books and stories, then help the children act them out.
  • Make green play dough/slime and break out the shamrock cookie cutters.
  • Hunt for gold coins in a pile of shaving cream.
  • Practice letters/numbers with a green themed sensory bag.
  • Fill the sensory bin with Lucky Charms!

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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