Pot of Gold Discovery Bottle: St. Patrick's Day Activity for Preschoolers

Can you find all the coins in this rainbow themed I Spy bottle? Preschoolers will love to shake and roll this rainbow themed discovery bottle to count the coins inside. A super fun St. Patrick's Day activity for kids!!

We just finished reading a whole bunch of Rainbow Books and several of them featured leprechauns with pots of gold. Since St. Patrick's Day is coming soon I thought it would be super fun to give the boys their own little "pots of gold" to find, in a rainbow themed discovery bottle. I tried a bunch of different recipes for this one and couldn't get any of them quite right, so I tried something really easy and it worked like a charm. The boys loved them, and it only took two ingredients to make!

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This St. Patrick's Day themed discovery bottle is so easy to make and really fun for kids. It's a wonderful counting activity or can even be part of your St. Patrick's Day music fun - it makes a great sound when you shake it! To make your own Pot o' Gold bottle, you'll need:

  • Small, clear plastic bottle (mine was a spice jar)
  • Rainbow glitter
  • 10-15 pennies - the shinier the better! 
  • Glue (optional)
That's it! First, add the glitter to the bottom of your jar. Don't overdo it or you won't be able to see the pennies inside (trust me). Make a layer about 1/2 inch thick. 

Then drop your pennies in. Close it up (you may want to glue the top so that you don't have glitter everywhere if your kids accidentally open it up).

Now you've got a pot of "gold" to discover in a rainbow of glitter! Some of the glitter will stick to the inside of the bottle, making it really pretty and fun to peek inside to find the coins. My boys couldn't wait to check it out - and I'll admit I was a bit mesmerized by it too.

First they wanted to search for and count all of the pennies. Counting is big right now and they loved finding the "gold" and counting how many coins there were inside.

Then they discovered that it was really fun to shake! They loved watching the glitter and the coins fall inside the bottle, and we found that it doubled as a great music maker too. Perfect for listening to some of our favorite Irish tunes to get ready for St. Patrick's Day!

Want to check out more Rainbow Themed Discovery Bottles? Try these awesome ideas:

Rainbow Counting Bears Sensory Bottle | Preschool Inspirations
Simple Rainbow Calm Down Jars | Lemon Lime Adventures
Rainbow Button Sensory Bottle | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Pot of Gold Discovery Bottle | Sunny Day Family
Rainbow Glitter Sensory Bottle | Rhythms of Play
Rainbow Polka Dot Discovery Bottle | Still Playing School

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