St. Patrick’s Day Jello Pot of Gold Sensory Activity

I’ve been searching the web for a fun and age-appropriate activity my almost 2 year-old toddler can partake in, especially as St. Patrick’s Day draws nearer.  Although there are so many cute and crafty activities out there for kids, many of them require a bit more skill that comes with age.

Jello Sensory Activity for St. Patrick's DayThat’s why I was so happy to find some inspiration in a St. Patrick’s Day sensory activity that didn’t involve glue, scissors or paints…just Jello and some creativity!  I thought jello would be the perfect substance to work with considering it was edible and easy to clean up.  I decided to put my own little holiday spin on it to make it more fun for my son.

Here’s what we used:

  • Lime/Green Jello
  • Container (to serve as the “Pot of Gold”)
  • Gold/Treasure (we used plastic dinosaurs and assorted candy)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Kool-Aid (to dye the marshmallows)
  • Tools for the “Treasure Dig” (mini shovel, spoon, cookie cutters)

Here’s what we did:

First, I decided to gather all the little items around the house that my son would consider “treasure”.  He loves dinosaurs, so I decided to grab a handful of the little plastic ones and set them in a clear “pot of gold” container I bought at Party City. You can use any kid-friendly object or toys your children prefer.

dino treasuresNote: Although I decided to add some candy, I would steer clear of this as it can get super mushy and lose flavor (live and learn!).

I then poured the Jello mixture into the container and set in the fridge over night.

marshmallow rainbow

Once the Jello was settled and ready, I decided to top it off with rainbow marshmallows to complete the look. I used Kool-Aid packets in four colors (red, orange, yellow and green) to dye the marshmallows.  Note: This ended up taking a bit longer than I anticipated so would recommend you simply buy colored marshmallows in the future!

Then I gathered some tools for the treasure dig and let my little guy go at it.

jello treasure for toddlers

jello treasure

jello activity st. patty

Not only did I get to introduce him to a new holiday, but he also had a great time digging around for treasure and exploring all the different objects.

I would definitely recommend this as an easy and educational St. Patrick’s Day alternative activity for toddlers!

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  1. Such a cute idea! I have teens, but you just gave me the idea to hide their car keys in a big jello mold. Maybe for April Fools day! lol! Visiting from #SITSblogging and the Spring Fling

  2. That looks like so much fun! My 16 month old would love this! Also, I love that he was wearing a dinosaur shirt while digging for dinosaurs. :)

  3. This is the most adorable idea I have seen! It’s fun and holiday inspired. I miss the toddler years when I see stuff like this. :)

  4. I love these! I think the only issue I would have is making sure my sons don’t eat everything as we’re making it! LOL

  5. We’ve done jello sensory play, but I love the pot of gold spin on it for St. Patrick’s Day! So fun!

  6. I love sensory activities, and this looks like a fun one. I’m loving the rainbow detail too. =0)


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