I’m always looking for ways to incorporate gross motor skills into our activities. This St. Patrick’s Day Game for preschoolers takes something simple like letter writing practice and turns it into a fun activity which incorporates gross motor skills development and sensory play. Goose had so much more fun with this than I even expected!
Find the Four-Leaf Clover St. Patrick’s Day Game
Step 1: Make the edible sand by putting some corn meal into a small bowl, adding several drops of green food coloring and smashing with a spoon until incorporated. That’s it. Easy peasy. Put the sand in a small tray and set the tray out where your child can easily access it.
Step 2: Print the alphabet four-leaf clover cards from my St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pack onto card stock. You can also laminate them for more durability.
Step 3: Hide the four-leaf clover cards around the house.
Invite your child to find an alphabet card, race back to the sand tray and write the letter shown on the card. Goose’s favorite part of this game was running back to the sand tray after she found a card. I’d cheer her on saying “Go go go! Faster! You can do it!” and she’d laugh hysterically. It was a lot of fun and we played for a really long time. Longer than I felt like, to be honest!
Baby Bird had to be all up in the mix, of course. Here is Goose pointing out that she is touching the sand. I did let Baby Bird play with the sand a little bit. It was a good sensory experience for her and since the sand was technically edible I wasn’t too worried about it if she tasted some (which she didn’t).
And yes, Goose is wearing her pajamas. It was raining the day we did this so we stayed inside and rocked our jammies all day.
A few other ideas:
- Give your child an action to complete as they make their way back to the sand tray. For example: skip, leap like a frog, crawl slowly like a turtle, etc.
- We used a mix of upper and lower case letters. You can use just one if you wish. Instead of letters, you can use the number cards also included in the printable pack.
- Ask your child to sound out the letter as he/she writes it in the sand.
Possibilities here are endless! I hope you have fun with this game! We sure did!
Check out my St. Patrick’s Day board on Pinterest for more great ideas.