28 Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Activities: Fine Motor & Sensory Fun

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Kids of all ages love to engage in some sensory play. I found 28 fun, fine motor, and sensory play ideas to help your kids enjoy St. Patrick’s Day!

A picture of a 4-leaf clover among a group of 3-leaf clovers. Green text overlay across the top with white letters says "St. Patrick's Day Sensory and Fine Motor Activities for Kids."

I've divided these activities into fine motor and sensory play activities. However, you will probably find that many of these activities overlap and can be used to focus on both skills. 

Why are fine motor skills important?

I also have a blog post on the importance of sensory play for kids.

St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids – Fine Motor 

1. Color by Number – St. Patrick's Day from Teaching Mama

2. Beaded Shamrocks from Fun A Day

3. Shamrock Garland from Little Family Fun

4. Montessori  Fine Motor St. Patrick's Day Activities from Trillium Montessori

5. Free Printable Fun Pack from Happy And Blessed Home

6. Math Game from Prek Pages

7. Pipe Cleaner Rainbow from Still Playing School

8. St. Patrick's Day Fine Motor Color Matching Printable from Life Over C's

9. St. Patrick's Day Writing Prompts from The OT Toolbox

10. Rainbow Pasta Craft from Teaching Mama

11. St. Patrick's Day Play Dough Recipe from Playdough to Plato

12. Counting Coins Clothespin Game from LalyMom

St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids – Sensory

1. St. Patrick's Day Roll-A-Dice Brain Break  from Growing Hands-On Kids 

This free printable will help engage your child's other senses of vestibular and proprioceptive senses. There's also a deep breathing handout included. It also comes with a Spanish version!

2. St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin from Growing Hands-On Kids 

I created this sensory bin for my daughter when she was a toddler. It's filled with fabrics and larger items that make it a little bit safer for children who still put things in their mouths. Of course, supervision is still a must. 

3. St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin from Teaching Mama

This sensory bin has more of a messy play base instead of the fabric like the one above. A great one for preschoolers!

4. St. Patrick'sDay Brain Teaser from Teach Mama

This scavenger hunt would make an excellent brain break activity for older children. 

5. St. Patrick's Day Yoga Poses from Pink Oatmeal 

Yoga is a great way to include the vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive senses. You can read more about those additional senses here. 

6. St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin from Still Playing School

7. St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Salt Tray from And Next Comes L

8. St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Sink from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

9. St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin from The Chaos And The Clutter

10. Rainbow Shaving Cream & Gold Coin Dig from House of Burke

11. Rainbow Cooked Pasta Sensory Play from Still Playing School

12. Green Rice Sensory Bin from Little Bins for Little Hands

13. Handprint Rainbow and Pot-of-Gold  from Enter Under My Roof

14. Jello Treasure from Carrots Are Orange

15. St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bottle from Teaching Mama

16. Leprechauns On The Run from PE With Mr. G. (Video)

We love the PE with Mr. G. channel on YouTube. He has a fun brain break/movement video for St. Patrick's Day that would be a great addition to any sensory break or activity in the classroom or at home.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.


  1. Great post and thanks for include me:)

  2. Thanks so much for including us!! I’m off to pin this – lots of fun ideas to try out!

  3. Great ideas! We may actually do some of them this year. In past years the boys weren’t interested in holiday stuff, but M is really getting into crafts now.

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