I teach 2 and 3 year olds, so I am always on the hunt for fun and simple ways to capture their imaginations and ant-sized attention spans. 🙂
Here are a few activities that I think would be great for toddlers.
Sensory Bin with Lucky Charms
Fill a small, plastic bin with Lucky Charms and give the kids measuring cups and spoons to use while they play. They can sort the various marshmallows as well as practice measuring and pouring and probably some eating. See a fun example HERE.
Green Scavenger Hunt
Use THIS LIST to guide your children around the house and outside to hunt down a bunch of green things.
Counting Leprechaun Gold
Cut out some small, numbered yellow paper circles and hide around the house. Have the kids find the coins and put them in numerical order together. HERE is a great example of this activity. You could also use the cute song and FREE Printable gold coins HERE.
Thread some Froot Loops cereal onto string to make necklaces (see an example HERE). Or thread green or rainbow-colored beads onto green pipe cleaners. You could even make them in the shape of a shamrock as shown HERE.
Sit with your child and talk about the rainbow and how it is God’s special creation – a sign to us that His promises are true. Talk about the various colors in the rainbow while using Legos or other colored blocks to create a rainbow. Check out THIS EXAMPLE for inspiration.
Make some homemade green playdough (HERE is a great recipe). Throw in some gold or green glitter for an extra magical touch! Use a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter to cut out some shapes.
Shamrock Square Art
Cut out a variety of square-shaped pieces of green paper. Draw an outline of a shamrock on a piece of white paper. Let your toddler glue the green paper squares to the inside of the shamrock (HERE is a great example). Challenge your toddler to rip the green pieces of paper instead of cutting them out, if you’d like.
This is such an easy and fun science experiment! Supplies needed – food coloring, baking soda, vinegar, and cups. Check out all the details HERE. Your child will LOVE this.
Check out my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board HERE for more fun!
– Julie 🙂