This St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottle DIY for Preschoolers is the perfect easy project you can make together, and then your kids can enjoy it for the rest of the month! Sensory bottles provide tons of meaningful development for preschoolers. I love this one because it’s made out of dry ingredients, so it sort of changes the sensory experience into one of sound and texture. Enjoy making this project as you spend time with your little ones!

– Life Over C's St. Patrick's Day sensory bottle for kids.

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

  • Plastic Bottle with Lid
  • Green Sugar Sprinkles
  • Fancy Sprinkles
  • Gold Coins

Looking for meaningful ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Even if you’re not Irish, it’s hard to avoid the glittery green holiday that sort of perks up a sometimes ‘blah’ month. Celebrating with kids is fun because they’re just learning traditions, vocabulary, and tall tales associated with the fun holiday.

Learning About DIY Sensory Bottles:

MAKING SENSORY BOTTLES WITH PRESCHOOLERS

SENSORY PLAY IS A CRUCIAL COMPONENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. YOU CAN MAKE AND USE SENSORY BOTTLES TO USE A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

Wondering what to put in your sensory bottle? Turns out sensory bottle ingredients are as varied and creative as what you might have on hand! I’ve used everything from play dough to tissue paper.

This sensory bottles uses strictly dry ingredients. If we’re making them as a class, I like to give each student a paper plate for the ingredients.

In addition to learning about St. Patty’s Day, the sensory bottle provides other benefits:

  • Soothing sounds to use to calm down or relieve anxiety
  • Learning Colors
  • Fine motor skills by shaking, grabbing, flipping, turning, etc.
  • Focus/attention
  • Stimulates curiosity
– Life Over C's Fun and easy DIY sensory bottle for St. Patrick's Day.

What Can Preschoolers Learn From Sensory Bottles?

EASY SENSORY BOTTLES

ST. PATRICK’S DAY ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS CAN GO WAY BEYOND THE SPECIAL DAY. MAKE SENSORY BOTTLES ALL YEAR LONG TO EXPLORE THEMES AND SKILLS.

I created this sensory bottle without water, glue or hair gel. The intent was to provide a hearing sensory experience as the items clink and clank around in the bottle.

Encourage language development while children are playing with the sensory bottle:

  • What items do you see?
  • Which objects make the most noise? Least?
  • What happens if you shake the bottle?
  • Is it different when you roll the bottle?
  • Can you make the items in the bottle move quietly? Loudly? Fast? Slow?
– Life Over C's Gold coins and sprinkles inside a plastic bottle to create the St. Patrick's Day sensory bottle.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Do Sensory Activities?

Besides the fact that kids love engaging all their senses, there are lots of other reasons you should make sensory bottles, play in sensory bins, use calm down jars, and activate all of their senses to learn.

Brain Connections: Sensory activities, beginning with babies and toddlers, activate important areas of the brain. Connections begin to form that will later be pathways for learning to read and more.

Language: Engaging in sensory activities promote talking and new vocabulary. With each new experience, children get opportunities to talk about how things feel, taste, smell, sound, or look.

Curiosity: Nurturing a general sense of curiosity in kids is important. They definitely have an innate sense of curiosity already! Sensory activities bring out a need to explore with all of the senses and ask questions to learn.

Motor Skills: Grasping, pinching, cutting, gluing, and other motor movements improve the muscles in the hands, and the rest of the body. This development is important for kids and comes naturally with sensory activities.

How To Make the St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Supplies for the St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle:

  • Plastic Bottle with Lid
  • Green Sugar Sprinkles
  • Fancy Sprinkles
  • Gold Coins

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Making this St. Patrick Day sensory activity is super easy! No free printable, water or glue required!

  1. Pour green sprinkles into the clean/empty sensory bottle.
  2. Top with the fancy sprinkles.
  3. Finally, add the gold coins.
  4. Shake! Roll! Flip!

*Optional: Secure lid with glue.

This St. Patrick’s Day preschool activity is intended to activate the sense of sound, as the sprinkles and coins clink and clank around the bottle.

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle Adaptions:

Sensory Bin: Place the ingredients in a ‘pot of gold’ sensory bin and let children create their own St. Patrick’s Day activity for kids. They can scoop, secure and shake to their hearts’ delight.

Scavenger Hunt: Place other small objects (shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows) in the bottle and go on a ‘scavenger hunt‘ to find all the items.

Glow in the Dark: Add beads that glow in the dark for an added sensory experience for kids.

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– Life Over C's Easy sensory bottle for a St. Patrick's Day theme.

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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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