Yes, yes. I know it’s already St. Patrick’s Day and this is kind of a moot post. But there’s always next year! And lots of these activities can be adapted for other holidays or even used alone. So without further ado…1 sensory box, 5 ways!
First, I dyed uncooked macaroni noodles. You can do this the same way as dying rice. I also covered a paper towel tube in green ribbon and taped it to the side of the sensory box. This made a great little tool for dumping macaroni, coins, and letters down.
1. Rainbow Numbers
He’s really into numbers right now, so we practiced putting them in order, naming them, and hiding them in the macaroni and finding them as I called out a number.
2. Letters in my Name Hunt
I found these trays at Wal Mart for $.92 each. Then I used a Sharpie to right his name. His job was to find the letters and match them to his name. This would be fun to do with a variety of words, or sight words for older kids.
3. Coin Sort
I had two of those little black pots–one for green coins and one for gold coins. Simple, but sorting is an important skill to practice.
4. Pot-O-Gold Count
I printed these awesome number printables for practice with counting objects. Matthew can count objects correctly to four, so we just used 1-5 for the next step.
5. Green Extravaganza
Have I mentioned he loves these pom pom balls? I gave him a pair of small tongs and an empty egg carton along with this box. We also began talking about light green vs. dark green.
Matthew’s favorite friend is Curious George, affectionately called, Georgie. So when I saw I could get this in Kindle edition for him, it was a no-brainer. It’s a nice overview of some St. Patrick’s Day themes and vocabulary, but probably wouldn’t be too appealing if George isn’t a “thing” in your house.
I picked this up from the library last week, and let me say, it was slim pickings. I’m sure there’s better St. Patrick’s Day books out there, but this did the trick. Can you tell I was a little behind this year?
1. Handprint Shamrock. This was a craft Matthew did with his babysitter. She always does fun things with him (which is why I justify driving 1 hour round trip for a babysitter…). I also love anything that captures his handprint.
2. Brown Bag Leprechaun Puppet. We go to Kid’s Night at a local restaurant, and this was last week’s craft. It kills me because he has two sets of eyes. Matty drew his eyes on the hat before the lady stopped him and drew her own face on. I like Matthew’s eyes better. :)
3. Lacing Shamrock. I swung by Jo Ann Fabric (which also has tons of crafting supplies) to look for gold coins a few days ago. To my surprise everything was already marked 50% off, plus I had more coupons. I was able to get a few packs of gold coins and random crafts for around $4. Not too bad. The shamrock came with it’s own lacing string, but I thought the shoelaces were a bit sturdier for little hands. This could be made with heavy cardstock or cardboard, and in any shape!
4. Leprechaun Mask. Creepy picture alert. Again, Matthew grabbed these at Jo-Ann’s. He got one for himself, then added one for Daddy and one for Mommy. Oh yes, we have a family set. Unfortunately he had no interest in coloring them, so guess who got stuck coloring 3 creepy leprechauns? This could totally be made with a paper plate, construction paper, and a popsicle stick.
1. St. Patrick’s Day book recommendations? (you know, for next year!)
2. Do you find it hard to be hands-off during kid’s crafts? Or do you inevitably step in to straighten things up?