Leprechauns, shamrocks, pots of gold and the color green are all associated with St. Patrick’s Day. And they make for super fun sensory play…especially the leprechauns! Here are two inexpensive, easy to put together leprechaun sensory play activities.
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Leprechauns are tiny, mischievous, gold loving characters in Irish folklore.
Shoemaking is how leprechauns spend most of their time.
These entertaining, energetic, miniature men love to participate in dance parties and expertly play the tin whistle, fiddle, Bodhran, and Irish harp.
Underground caves or hollow tree trunks in rural Ireland is where these solitary characters are said to live.
Leprechauns love to collect gold and store it in pots in the remote countryside (or at the end of the rainbow.)
The speedy tricksters can vanish quickly, so are difficult to capture.
But if a leprechaun is caught, he must grant three wishes.
Leprechauns are known all over the world.
Related: St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Blocks
Leprechaun Sensory Play
Here’s two easy to set up leprechaun sensory trays:
Leprechaun Rice Tray
Glutinous rice is the base for this tray. I love it because it is super white, and showcases the loose parts. Included are:
tiny gold coins
white, green, and gold beads (because leprechauns like all kinds of treasure)
glittery, green hats (to collect any coins or gems that don’t fit into the pot)
St. Patrick’s Day greeting
The leprechaun is a repurposed plant poke topper. The other loose parts are snipped from inexpensive St. Patrick’s Day necklaces.
Shamrock Confetti Tray
Instead of rice, generously sprinkled shamrock confetti with metallic gold pots added in is the base. The tray also includes a leprechaun, money pot, gold coins, beads, hats, and shamrocks.
For more facts about leprechauns, view these blogposts:
The Legend Of The Leprechaun (CBC Kids)
Legend Of The Irish Leprechauns (Your Irish Culture)
Follow up a leprechaun sensory play session with a scavenger hunt for pots of gold, a leprechaun race, or a game of Hide And Seek.
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© Annette Kaminsky March 14, 2021
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