St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that “sneaks up” on me. We’re not Irish or Catholic, green just doesn’t not work with our pale skin, and I don’t really like being pinched. So…what’s a mama to do? Throw together a simple sensory bin, of course!
We had most of these items on hand already:
- uncooked noodles
- green food coloring
- hand sanitizer
- large Ziploc bag
- pretend coins (you could use real coins if you’re in a pinch!)
Over the weekend, we dyed our pasta using this FAST and easy method: Pump some hand sanitizer into the gallon-size bag and add a few drops of food coloring. Dump in your noodles and seal the bag. Shake vigorously until the noodles are evenly colored. Add more liquid if needed to reach desired color. Let dry before playing. (We spread ours out in a 9×13 pan over a paper napkin to catch the extra color.) ** NOTE: my children are well-past the “put everything in the mouth” phase. I’m sure there are edible options for dying pasta. **
The noodles dried much quicker than I expected (as opposed to rice, which takes forever!), so the sensory bin was ready for the girls the next morning. I hid most of the coins under the noodles–it didn’t take long for our preschooler to begin pulling them out of the bin for counting. She also loves to use a scoop (or measuring cup) to fill and dump our sensory materials into various jars and containers. This simple bin will keep her happily occupied for the rest of the week!
We’ll probably also watch these ASL videos about St. Patrick’s Day and read a Tomie dePaola book or two. We’ll also re-visit our Rainbow Playdough Invitation activity from last year. 🙂 Simple is the key for me!