How to Make A Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

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INSIDE: Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft is a fun sensory rice craft to create for St. Patrick’s Day. This easy and colourful craft is great for your toddlers and preschoolers. Create a beard for a leprechaun using coloured rice!!

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Supplies for Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

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  • Orange coloured rice (see recipe below)
  • White Cardstock
  • Skin tone con construction paper
  • Green and black construction paper
  • Gold foam paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googley eyes
  • Marker
Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft

Grab your supplies.

Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

Cut out a green hat from the green construction paper. Glue on a black band. Cut out a buckle from gold foam sheets or yellow paper. Put your leprechaun’s hat together.

Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

Cut out a circle form skin tone construction paper and glue that down the white card stock. Glue the hat down on the top of the head. Glue on googley eyes and use a marker to draw a smile and nose.

Grab your orange coloured rice. Pour some glue into a bowl and hand your little a paint brush.

How to Orange Coloured Rice

What You’ll Need

  • 1 Cup of White Rice
  • 1/2 tsp White Vinegar
  • Several Drops of Gel Food Coloring
  • Large Ziploc Bags
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheets or Tupperware containers

How to Make

  1. Combine the rice, white vinegar and food coloring in a Ziploc bag. 
  2. Seal it carefully and mix the contents throughly. 
  3. Repeat for each color.
  4. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet or line a Tupperware container. 
  5. Spread the colored rice out on the parchment paper and allow it to dry overnight. 


If you don’t have gel food coloring, regular food coloring will work fine. If you want your rice to be more vibrant add more than just a few drops of food coloring and a small amount of white vinegar. Although the instructions calls for 1 cup of rice I usually make between 6-7 cups of rice for a sensory bin. 

Time to Decorate your Leprechaun

Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

Grab a baking dish and place your Leprechaun inside. This will help keep the mess down.

Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

Use your orange rice to make a beard and hair for your leprechaun.

Sensory Rice Leprechaun Craft for Kids

First use a brush and brush on lots of glue! My littles loved this part, They loved using lots and I mean lots of glue.

Next, let them sprinkle over the coloured rice! Shake off the excess back into the bowl.

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 2 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.

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