We are big fans of sensory friendly activities in our house and we recently tried some super fun ones for St. Patrick’s Day coming up! My boys love getting messy and doing anything with their hands so these were perfect for us. David, my oldest benefits greatly from any sensory friendly fun given his Autism & SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) so I am always on the hunt for hassle free crafts & activities for him. It works out for Jacob, my youngest, because he just loves messy things, it’s a big win!
Here are 3 easy St. Patrick’s Day themed activities for Sensory Play!
Handmade Scented Play Dough by ZDough
*ZDough sent me their playdough for review. All opinions are my own.
ZDough is a natural, handmade and scented play dough created by a mom who loved making her own play dough for her daughter. She offers it in a variety of colors, sizes and scents and can even personalize it!
I surprised the boys with three small tins, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen & Lime, and they played with them happily for so long!
They kept molding it into different shapes making trains, airplanes, snowmen and we even tried to make a shamrock. The boys loved the scents too! It’s fun to smell and talk about what it reminds us of. Jacob said the Lime play dough reminded him of a lemon and that led us into a conversation about green foods.
One of my favorite things about ZDough is the metal tin packaging. Yes, this is a bit trivial but if you’ve even tried to get play dough out of those plastic containers from the store and failed miserably, then you’d appreciate this! The dough practically slid in and out of the tin making it so easy to play with and means happier play time for us.
It’s the best play dough we’ve ever played with and I know my boys will want to use it every single day. I am horrible with making things myself from scratch so I’m happy to have found a mom owned brand that does the work for me!
Check them out on Instagram here or shop ZDough here.
Cereal Number Search
OK, at first glance this seems like a complete waste of food but trust me, it’s actually a lot of fun, and they can eat it as they play!
For this activity we used a big plastic bin, 2 boxes of Lucky Charms cereal (any rainbow color cereal will work too), and our Melissa & Doug 1-20 Number Puzzle.
I dumped the numbers in the bin with the cereal, shook it a bit to move the pieces around and then boys started their search.
As they found the numbers, we counted together and even had races to see who found them all the fastest.
A few things to note:
- I made them wash their hands before & after this activity.
- I let them eat the cereal as they played to enhance the sensory fun!
- If you don’t have a number puzzle, use what you have! You can do this with letters, shapes, sight words, etc…so long as the pieces won’t mess with the cereal taste you are good to try anything you have on hand.
Shamrock Marble Painting
Marble Painting is one of my favorites! When I was teaching, this was a highlight for me with my students. I’d actually never gotten the chance to do it with my boys at home yet so I was really excited for this one.
All you need to make this simple craft is a bin, construction paper, marble, paint (desired color or various colors) & scissors.
Start by printing out this shamrock template on any color paper you choose, and cutting it out. Then, place it in the bin with the marble, add a few drops of paint on different areas of the shape and move the bin around to make the marble “paint” the shamrock.
(You’ll see a pencil in a picture below because I used it to trace our shape onto green paper).
This was super easy to do for both my kids and they really enjoyed seeing and hearing the marble move around creating lines all over the shape. I love how the shamrocks turned out!
There you have it, 3 fun, simple and fast sensory friendly activities to try for St. Patrick’s Day!