St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids :: Leprechaun’s play dough

I’m not completely sure that real leprechauns like play dough, but these St. Patrick’s Day activites for kids are lots of fun!

Fun St. Patrick's activities for kids :: leprechaun play doughSt Patricks Day activities for kids :: Leprechaun’s play dough!

For a fun St. Patrick’s Day play time for your children, how about some homemade gold and green play dough? I always make my own play dough – my children love to request particular colours, and the home made stuff is so much cheaper, which means we can make a generous amount for lots of play. You can make the play dough in minutes: I used this easy play dough recipe, adding some yellow food colouring gel to one batch, and some green to a second – along with lashings of glitter!

gold play dough recipeWe added in some gold coins and the children discovered they were great for printing and making patterns. They printed with the flat circles of the coins, and rolled them along on their sides. You could set out the play dough with the gold coins hidden inside, and invite the children to go digging for treasure!

st patricks play dough activityThe children also made their own gold coins from the play dough.

st patricks day activities for kids gold coinsThe dough is so soft and squishy that it’s a delight to play with. And as the children play they are building up strength and dexterity in their fingers and wrists – great fine motor skills.

leprechauns gold coins playYou know leprechaun’s like to keep careful watch over their gold, so no-one steals it, right? Better make sure it’s all there and count those coins! Shaping the dough into numbers helps children really get to know the formation of written digits, and is a great sensory alternative to just writing with a pencil on paper.

st patrick's day activities for kids counting gold coins

super sensory footerSuper Sensory Invitations to Play

Ready for a whole year of exploring through the senses? Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more.

They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all our favourite recipes for play. Come and see more here.

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