Inside: 10 Sensory and Fine Motor St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers ages 2-5
*All of these activities require adult help and supervision.
Today, I am sharing 10 sensory and fine-motor St. Patrick’s Day activities that I did with my toddler when he was two.
If you have an older toddler, I have some more fun St. Patrick’s Day activities for them, such as this round up of sensory St. Patrick’s Day activities.
Or, if you are looking for a sit-down, educational St. Patrick’s Day activity, check out these St. Patrick’s Day Printables for preschoolers.
I’m sure you are bound to find an activity that your toddler will love this St. Patrick’s Day. If so, let me know in the comments below!
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10 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Toddlers
1. Leprechaun Sensory Bin
Our first activity involved some color practice. There isn’t a better holiday to learn about colors than St. Patrick’s Day, and green is the first color that comes to mind. Thus, we started our activity train by talking about the color green.
He had a blast making a mess with all these random items that he normally doesn’t play with for hours! This is one of the most amazing things about loose parts. They open a door for open-ended and imaginary play.
One of his favorite green items that he found was a roll of green streamers left over from his first soccer-themed birthday party. He had a blast shredding it into pieces. He even let me wrap him up into a Leprechaun mummy!
2. Green Leaf Clover Hand Print
What is more sensory than rubbing your hands in paint?
For this activity I put green washable Crayola paint on a paper plate and let Lennox paint his own hands. I provided a paint brush, but he enjoyed rubbing his hands straight in the paint.
Then, with my guidance, I stamped his hands four times to form the shape of a four-leaf clover.
3. Read A St. Patrick’s Day Book
Reading is very important in our household. We try to go to Barnes and Nobles at least once a month and pick out fascinating books.
This year, Lennox picked out “The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun” by Jeffery Burton. He was fascinated with all of the colors and animals in the book. After reading we decided to build our craft day around what we read in this book.
4. Learn About Rainbows
In “The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun,” Lennox and I talked about rainbows and the different colors in the rainbow.
Since Lennox loves coloring so much, we decided to draw a rainbow with Crayola Washable Markers. Better said, I drew a rainbow while he watched and mimicked my actions on everything but the paper.
Since we are a bilingual family, I used this opportunity to talk about all of the colors in Spanish, which made this a great educational activity to work on colors, communication, and fine motor!
5. Fruit Loop Sort
Another great way to learn about colors is through Fruit Loops.
Lennox and Carlos (DH) sorted the Fruit Loops into color-coordinated piles. Lennox helped a little but was more interested in eating the Fruit Loops.
6. Fruit Loop Necklace
Once they were done sorting, Carlos took some yarn and helped Lennox string the yarn through the Fruit Loops. Lennox got a kick out of it. This is an excellent fine motor activity to do with your toddler. You can do it with plain cheerios too to avoid the extra sugars
7. Fruit Loop Rainbow
Now that Lennox was a pro at putting the fruit loops onto the string, we switched the string out for some pipe cleaners.
Lennox helped us loop the Fruit Loops onto the piper cleaner, and once it was almost full, Carlos and Lennox put two marshmallows on each end and there you have it, a Fruit Loop rainbow. Lennox spent the rest of the day snacking off his Fruit Loop necklace and rainbow.
8. Sensory St. Patrick’s Day Pudding
This was by far my favorite activity, most likely because I love vanilla pudding.
For this St. Patrick’s Day Activity you will need
- Vanilla Pudding
- Cool Whip
- Green Food Coloring
- Fruit Loops and/or Vanilla Wafers
First, we took our packet of pudding and added milk as instructed. Lennox loved stirring the pudding.
Then. we added green food coloring.
Next, We let the pudding settle in the fridge for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, Lennox and I crushed up Vanilla Wafers and added them to the bottom of a bowl.
Once the pudding was settled, we whisked the Cool Whip into the pudding. Then we added the rest of our left-over Fruit Loops and our Fruit Loop Rainbow. Not only did it look pretty, but it was delicious.
9. Sensory St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle
We had a lot of trial and error with our sensory bottle. At first we added too many items.
Then, we added sprinkles which just made the water turn an awkward light green color, then we added green food coloring which just made it too dark.
Finally, Carlos found the perfect concoction. He filled the water bottle up 3/4 full, added a few drops of oil, then added some green sequins.
That’s it, so simple. Lennox still plays with it to this day. Every time he turns the bottle upside down, the sequins slowly fall to the other side. Lennox loved it.
10. St. Patrick’s Day Window Clings
If you read our Valentine’s day post, you know Lennox and I love playing with stickers. It is an amazing fine motor activity for toddlers.
For St. Patty’s Day, I found some really cool Window Clings. Lennox learned how to peel them and hung them up. He spent a good 30 minutes rearranging the stickers.
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Here are some more St. Patrick’s Day posts you might enjoy:
- Free St. Patrick’s Day Activities in Spanish for Kids
- 20 St. Patrick’s Day Sensory and Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers
- 20 Color Learning Activities for Preschoolers