St Patrick’s Day Preschool Potion Play

Our St Patrick’s Day Potion Play is the perfect antidote to banish the “Stuck Indoors Blues”. Plus your pre-schooler with learn about colour mixing and work their fine motor skills in this fun water play activity.

st patricks day sensory play potion mixing activity for preschoolers

The bug doing the rounds at nursery finally caught up with Little Miss B, so she had to spend a couple of mornings at home with me. To keep her occupied and  distracted from her woes, I set up a simple water play activity (which turned out to be a great way to cool her temperature as well!). She has always found water to be very soothing, so we often turn to it when she is feeling a bit under the weather.

St Patrick’s Day is not too far away so we used this theme as the basis for our sensory play session.


  • 3 large plastic containers
  • Large tray or tuff spot to contain the spills
  • Cups for scooping and pouring
  • Large water droppers
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Frogs

Potion Ingredients

  • Gold glitter
  • Red and Yellow Water
  • Shamrock Confetti

Ahead of the Activity

  1. Fill two of the containers with warm water. Add a few drops of red food colouring to one and a few drops of yellow food colouring to the other.
  2. Lay out all of the tools inside the tray.
  3. Have towels on standby!

st patricks day sensory play potion mixing activity for preschoolers.

St Patrick’s Day Sensory Play – Colour Mixing Potions

She began scooping and pouring the red and yellow water into the empty container.

“It’s turning Orange. It must be a magical potion!”

Then she sprinkled glitter and shamrock confetti over the water (lots of glitter)

st patricks day sensory play potion mixing activity for preschoolers.

Potions need a good mix together and she got stuck in with the spoon and then the whisk.

st patricks day sensory play potion mixing activity for preschoolers.

Once she had emptied out all of the glitter and shamrock confetti from the pots, she enjoyed mixing mini potions in the little dishes for ages.

st patricks day sensory play potion mixing activity for preschoolers.

Then wold you believe it her potion made some frogs appear!

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I have teamed with some of  my blogging buddies to bring you lots more ideas for St Patrick’s Day themed activites to try with your kids.

St Patrick’s Day Preschool Potion Play from Crafty Kids at Home

Egg Carton Shamrock Craft from Play & Learn Everyday

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day  from Kelly’s Classroom

Rainbow Rainmaker from Mum in the Mad House

Michael Finnigan Craft from Craftulate

Shamrock sun catcher craft from The Gingerbread House

Rainbow Hearts Craft from Our Whimsical Days

Shamrock Stones from Sunny Day Family

Luck of the Irish Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops from Crafty Mama in ME

Kids’ Kitchen: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes from Sugar, Spice & Glitter

St Patrick’s Day Counting Worksheet from Larabee UK

Pot of Gold Number Mats from The Kindergarten Connection

St Patricks’s Day Playdough from Clares Little Tots

Rainbow Buttons Color Sorting & Craft Activity from Kidz Activities

Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank from Playground Parkbench

Rainbow Duct Tape Rainbows from Teach Me Mommy

Free Printable: How To Make & Set Up A Leprechaun Trap with Leprechaun Letter from Play Dough & Popsicles


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17 comments… add one
  • Jen February 17, 2016, 11:20 am

    looks like such a fun activity for little ones

  • Leandra February 17, 2016, 4:11 pm

    I love this! T loves mixing potions too although he’s never made a frog disappear! Thanks for having us on your blog hop xx

  • Georgina February 17, 2016, 5:02 pm

    What fun! Love that little touch of glitter!

  • Shannon February 18, 2016, 1:17 pm

    It looks like your little one had a lot of fun! Great activity 🙂

  • Tina February 19, 2016, 10:28 am

    This looks like so much fun! Young kids will really love this. Great idea!

  • Deanna Hershberger February 20, 2016, 2:21 am

    OH MY GOSH. My daughter would LOVE this! Any mixing and stirring and experimenting.
    Defiantly going to try this!!

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