This St. Patrick’s jewelry bin lets children explore the bling in an additional way to wearing it on the official celebration date, March 17th each year. It makes a great discussion starter about the world-renowned St. Pat’s celebration and the significance of shamrocks and the color green. And it introduces the tricky leprechaun, most entertaining for children!
St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland and started out as a religious one. It evolved into a celebration of Irish culture, and people around the world take part in it. One of the biggest ways people do this is by wearing green on March 17, or at festive events that take place near this date. They may wear t-shirts, socks, hats, glasses, and/or jewelry with a green theme. Irish sayings and shamrocks are a huge part of the designs. Touches of orange, gold, and white also make an appearance.
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Supplies To Collect
For this sensory bin, gather the following economical and easy to find supplies:
- white rice
- gold coins and bells
- green and rust necklaces
- yellow and green gem rings
- shamrock-themed bracelets
- green bowl, spoon, and tongs
- leprechaun legs
- sensory tub
The St. Patrick’s Jewelry Bin
Pick a sensory tub for the activity. A serving tray will work for one or two children. I feature a food and tableware tub here, large enough for a few children to participate together.
Generously spread white rice on the bottom of the tub. The neutral base allows the accessories to “shine.”
Next, layer in the loose parts.
Lastly, press in the leprechaun legs.
Note: The leprechaun legs are taken from a St. Patrick’s Day wall plaque. A figurine would make a great substitution.
Early learners can explore the colors and textures of the jewelry, and wear it if they like. They will have fun with the gold coins and bells in the bin. And they may decide to find a way to trap the somewhat exposed leprechaun!
To learn more about St. Patrick’s Day, view the blog post “St. Patrick’s Day” by National Geographic Kids.
Related: St. Patrick’s Day Woodland Bin
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© Annette Kaminsky March 8, 2022
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