Thursday, March 17, 2022

Thrifty St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin Fun

We're celebrating Saint Patrick's Day's day with two toddlers, so I thought it would be fun to make a holiday themed sensory bin for them to play in.  I honestly don't know who's more excited about it, them or me!  I also made it pretty economical too, so fun time didn't have to cost more than a few bucks!

My littlest two had a blast with the No Mess Winter Sensory Bin I made earlier this year using this handy table with storage space.  That was our bin again this time.

The goal of a sensory bin is to have lots of interesting shapes, textures & colors little ones can explore & play with.  For me a key element is that it's not uber-messy or edible stuff.  My 2yr old daughter has a wicked throwing arm so I don't need rice, dried beans or the like flung all over the house!  

Most of my supplies were dollar and craft store finds so it was pretty economical - especially since I can reuse a lot of them for other bin themes and crafts.  The bulk of the filler was various sized green & yellow pom poms, plastic gold coins and some green jumbo plastic jewels I'd bought years ago for a treasure chest for my now big kids:

I found some green & gold deco mesh rope (the kind used for DIY wreaths) and cut 2-3inch sized pieces of it to add some extra bling and texture. 

I got an inexpensive set of plastic scoops for them to use in it:

As well as some black plastic cauldron pots (5 for $1.25 at the dollar store!) to dump the goodies in.  I plan to reuse these for Halloween and maybe for a storybook themed one down the road (I'm thinking Strega Nona or Stone Soup):

I also got this tinsel shamrock (dollar store again) to add in:

I even threw in a single felt four leaf clover for them to "search" for:

I made sure there was enough to make the bin look full, but not so much that sticking their hands in it would cause overflow:

I think in total it was around $10-15 for all my filler goodies and when we've exhausted play with this theme (their attention with these bins averages about 2 weeks of daily play), I can stick everything in sandwich bags to use for later bins & projects.

☘️ Happy Saint Patrick's Day!! ☘️


  1. I think sensory bins came out after my youngest was way too old to use, but they look fun. It's great that you can use everything in crafting lol! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Same for me with my older kids, but I'm having a great time doing them with my smaller two. It lets me be a bit crafty & creative, but still reuse everything, which I love!


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