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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

The sensory bin center, in my classroom, is always one of the most popular. Children are drawn to the bright and interesting materials that the bin holds.

This particular bin is geared towards rainbows and St. Patrick’s Day. The base is rainbow colored rice (click here for tutorial), and I have added a variety of St. Patrick’s Day eye-catching materials. Feel free to use whatever you have around the house. A large plastic receptacle, such as a dish washing tub, makes a great sensory bin for home use.

MATERIALS USED:

– Any suitable container
– A batch of rainbow colored rice
– Pom poms
– Sparkly shamrocks
– Feathers
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Sequin shamrocks
– Shovels
– Tweezers
– Cups

This activity is enjoyable for preschoolers. It will also provide them with a sensory experience, and encourage them to use their fine motor skills. Talk with the children about how the various items feel as they handle them, and encourage them to use not only shovels to pick up materials, but tools such as tweezers, as well.


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Rainbow Rice

As mothers and teachers, we are always looking for interesting, useful ways to teach in both the classroom and at home without spending a lot of money. This coloring technique fits the bill.

Rice, pasta/macaroni, rock salt – this method works for all of it. It’s easy, mess free and, most importantly, inexpensive! Why color these items? Well, because there are a plethora of learning activities that they are just dying to be a part of, that’s why! In this instance, I was looking to put together a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin, and I wanted a rainbow colored base.

MATERIALS USED:

– White rice
– Washable water colors
– Ziploc baggies

Fill the baggie with the amount of rice needed. Carefully drip/pour the watercolor into the bag and over the rice for the desired effect. Seal the Ziploc and carefully massage and manipulate the baggie so that the rice works its way into the rice properly, giving you your desired outcome. Be sure to let the rice dry thoroughly (in the Ziploc) before use. Happy coloring!


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Valentine’s Day Love Collages

Love is in the air! The children began their Valentine’s Day festivities by making love collages. After spying all of the colorful goodies to work with, they could not wait to get started! These are the materials that we used in our classroom, but you may modify them in any way you’d like.

An array of Valentine scrapbook paper was gathered and a Fiskars squeeze punch was used to make the decorative hearts. While working, the kids had fun sorting through all of the different designs.

Some wire ribbon, some pink yarn, and a little cut up garland provided a bit of color and sparkle, and a whole lot of texture. As the children chose their pieces, we discussed how each of the items felt.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Our free printable heart template
Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Valentine scrapbook paper
– Yarn
– Garland
– Tissue paper
– Sequins
– Fabric
– Wire ribbon
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks

EXPANSION IDEAS:

Take the children’s dictation on the back of the collages. Maybe something along the lines of “I am loved because….” or “I love Mommy and Daddy because…”.

Use your imagination and have fun!



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