You may have noticed that I am a big fan of sensory bins! They are very engaging for my little friends and can be used to work on so many motor skills and cognitive skills. I also use them often to work on requesting for children with minimal language skills by periodically putting the top on the container and having them sign “more” or “open” to play in the bin. This rainbow sensory bin has been a fun addition to my St. Patrick’s Day themed activities.
After we “painted” pink pasta for Valentine’s Day, my daughter begged to make all the colors of the rainbow. So we did, of course, and the rainbow pasta has been sitting on a pan on my dining room floor eagerly waiting for St. Patrick’s Day. Click here for super simple directions for colored pasta.
I found a 5-pack of miniature black pots at Dollar Tree for $1 and added some gold coins to be “hidden” in the bin. I repurposed a little jewelry pouch to hold the treasures!
In my therapy sessions, some kiddos have been placing the pasta in the pots, some scoop with a spoon and some are ready to sort by color. I also like to have Handy Scoopers in sensory bins to work on pre-scissor skills while transferring the pasta.
We did a mix of bowtie and rotini pasta, but the rotini really fits better into the little pots. The kids love dumping the pots out and pouring back and forth between containers. Most of my friends have really enjoyed finding the not-so-hidden gold coins, too.
The “treasure” pouch requires two-handed use and a good bit of motor planning to open and close, so it has been a good challenge for my little ones. For little ones who aren’t quite ready for this skill, I have festive (i.e. green with gold glitter!) play-doh for them to push the coins into once they find them.
I would love to see your St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory bin! I hope you find all the treasures!!