STEM-FOCUSED SENSORY BINS FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Once Valentine’s Day is over in our house, we move on to leprechaun and pots of gold. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and we’re already trying fun Irish activities to celebrate! If you are looking for some simple and fun St. Patrick’s Day STEM Sensory bins, you’ve come to the right place.
These St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bins are full of everything rainbow, gold, and St. Patrick’s Day. Use these STEM sensory bins in your preschool or kindergarten classroom to complete STEM activities even with the youngest kids! Kids will love these St. Patrick’s Day STEM activities for preschool and kindergarten.
Try these activities in your science or STEM center at school, or do them at home with your own kids!
WHAT ARE STEM ACTIVITIES?
A STEM activity (sometimes called STEAM activities, too, if there is an art element) are activities for kids that include elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These four elements are the cornerstone of modern careers and scientific advancements. Children can benefit from completing STEM activities not just because it helps them learn more in the STEM subjects, but also because it helps them see how these subjects are used in the real world. As a side benefit, STEM activities help children learn to think creatively, logically, and critically about everything they do and see.
STEM activities at the toddler and preschool level focus on exploring, sensing, spacial awareness, cause and effect, counting, sorting, and patterns.
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WHY STEM SENSORY BINS?
A sensory bin is designed to help children explore the world using their senses. Sensory bins are ideal for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and kids with special needs. Most young children are sensory seekers, and a young child will remember more about a topic if she or he can feel and touch the object that you are teaching about. A STEM-focused sensory bin helps establish a love for science and STEM topics even at the youngest level. Kids are naturally curious, and science and STEM is all about answering those questions that so many preschoolers have about the world. Through touch, exploration, and research, even the youngest kids can learn a lot about science and how the world works. Kids who are introduced to science and STEM from the start are more likely to have a love for STEM topics as they continue their school careers and enter into careers as an adult. If you don’t want the mess of bins, you can also make science discovery bottles for your class for quick science learning.
WHAT DO KIDS LEARN WITH STEM SENSORY BINS?
Kids can learn a lot with St. Patrick’s Day STEM sensory bins. Young children can learn topics including:
- Cause and effect
- Color mixing
- Sorting and classifying
- Scientific terms
- Math terms
- Spatial awareness
- The scientific method
The goal of STEM activities at the preschool and toddler level is to explore the world and learn the basics of the scientific method, the creative process, and how to tie all elements of science, technology, engineering, and math together. Sensory bins are the first path toward establishing a love of STEM topics that will last a lifetime. In addition to establishing a love of science and exploration, sensory bins help children explore the world creatively and inspires the to ask the big questions that will one day change our world.
WHY DO SEASONAL STEM ACTIVITIES?
You probably agree that STEM activities are important to do even with the youngest kids. But you may not want to try seasonal STEM activities with your class. There are tons of evergreen STEM activities that you can do, and you’ll probably never run out of STEM challenges. So why bother with seasonal STEM?
I like doing seasonal STEM activities with my kids because it adds an educational element to our holiday celebrations. Rather than just doing a seasonal craft, we do a few STEM activities that match the current season or holiday. Seasonal-based activities also provide a way to engage kids who might be reluctant to do science or STEM challenges on their own. Some kids might not want to design an energy efficient house, but they’d be perfectly happy to build a leprechaun trap for St. Patrick’s Day!
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Use this worksheet to record the results of your STEM activities.
BRILLIANT ST.PATRICK’S DAY STEM SENSORY BINS
Kids will love these hands-on St. Patrick’s Day STEM sensory bins. Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math all while celebrating the luckiest holiday of the year! For more fun St. Patrick’s Day activities, try our walking rainbow science experiment, rainbow naked eggs, and making a St. Patrick’s Day bouncy ball.
Rainbow Sensory Play // Little Worlds Big Adventures
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin // Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
St. Patrick’s Day Tinker Tubs // Preschool STEAM
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle // The Educator’s Spin on It
St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Tray// Paper and Glue
Ice Melt Sensory Play// Little Bins for Little Hands
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Play // Teaching Mama
St. Patrick’s Day Jello Treasure // Carrots are Orange
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin // My Life of Travels and Adventures
Scented Rainbow Sensory Play // Fun a Day
Fizzy St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Play // Living Life and Learning
Sparkle Foam Soap Sensory Play // And Next Comes L
Rainbow Button Sensory Bottle // Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Rainbow Corn Sensory Play // Fun a Day
Rainbow Sensory Bin // Little Bins for Little Hands
Rainbow Counting Bear Sensory Bottles // Preschool Inspirations
Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin // Busy Toddler
Rainbow Tornado Sensory Bottle // Miniature Masterminds
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY BOOKS
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