Split peas are a great medium for sensory play! They are perfect for scooping, pouring, and transferring. When I purchased my split peas I bought them in bulk and was able to buy both green and yellow (inspired by No Time for Flash Cards Green and Gold Sensory Tub). I loved the colors mixed together! Reminds me of a leprechauns pot of gold. I put this sensory bin together with spring in mind, but now that I look at it, with a few small additions, it would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Here is how my son enjoyed it and at the end I'll list a few ideas for turning it into the perfect St. Patrick's sensory bin.
Funnels are always fun at the sensory table!
What I loved about this sensory bin is the versatility. We had it for months but simply changed some of the items we'd added for variety. Here are some ideas:
St. Patricks Day:
- Plastic, gold coins
- Green flowers
- Green and/or gold rocks, gems, floral stones, or aquarium gravel
- Use a green or black cauldron to house the split peas
- Green and/or gold tinsel, ribbon, or any other shiny material
- Plastic snakes, bugs, lizards and/or frogs
- Plastic flowers
- Add some dried red beans
- Miniature and small sized flower pots for scooping and/or "planting"
- Decorative birds and/or butterflies
- Add some soil for a different sensory experience