St. Patrick’s Day “Grown-Up Sensory Box”

St. Patrick’s Day “Grown-Up Sensory Box”

Sensory boxes are great for any age. They are calming and are great to use before diving into the school day or when a child is struggling to focus. Sensory boxes ground us by allowing our senses to be completely present by connecting our mind and body.

Our children are now 9 and 6 and they still love when they wake up to a new sensory box. This year, we have created a more “grown-up” sensory box for them that includes some hands-on curriculum along with the full sensory experience.

To make this St. Patrick’s Day sensory box:


Yellow and Green food Coloring

Cheap white rice


A bowl with a lid

Cookie sheets for drying

A tray or bin for your finished rice

Fun materials to add (we used shamrock confetti, green glass rocks and gold coins)

Scooping and digging tools

(You do NOT need a husband with socks and sandals)


  1. Depending on the size of your bin, measure out enough rice for the base of your bin and dump it into a bowl. (We used 8 cups for a large bin)
  2. Drop several drops of yellow or yellow/green food coloring into the rice.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and put the lid on your bowl.
  4. Shake your bowl vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  5. Spread the rice over 1 or 2 large cookie sheets to dry (4 hours is sufficient but we just leave it overnight).
  6. Using a different bowl, pour in a quarter of the amount of rice you used with the yellow dye.
  7. Drop in 12+ drops of green food coloring.
  8. Add in half a tablespoon of vinegar and put the lid on your bowl.
  9. Shake for 30 seconds.
  10. Spread the dark green rice onto a separate cookie sheet to dry.
  11. Once your rice is completely dry, pour the yellow rice into your bin.
  12. Add any materials you have and arrange the scene any way you would like.
  13. You can now make any design you want with the dark green rice. We attempted a shamrock.
  14. Setup some tools to play with and you are good to go!

For our gold coins, we wrote “noun”, “verb” and “adjective” on half of them. On the other half, we listed actual nouns, verbs and adjectives for them to match to. They will have to dig around the sensory box to find the matches!

st. patrick's day sensory bin big kids

I also love fine motor and manual dexterity skill building (this is so important as children age) so, with the hole puncher, they will have to create a pattern of shamrock confetti and put a string through it!

I hope you enjoyed our sensory bin. Stay tuned for more St. Patrick’s Day homeschool learning!

Disclaimer: The socks and sandals worn in these photos are in no way associated with me, my children or my integrity to homeschool.

The Homeschool Globetrotters


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