Rainbow Spaghetti Play

Things have been pretty busy around here this week as we have been preparing for Buddy’s first birthday! However, we still found time today for a super fun sensory play with Edible Rainbow Spaghetti.

We got this idea from Asia at Fun at Home with Kids. This lady is a genius when it comes to kids play and sensory activities. Alternatively there are numerous recipes available on Pinterest.

How we made ours

We used a 1 kilo bag of spaghetti and natural food colouring. For older kids who aren’t as greedy taste happy as Buddy, you could use liquid water colours for a nice vibrant colour.

I separated the cooked and drained spaghetti into seven bags – you could use one bag and keep washing it out if you like… But to be honest I was also feeding Buddy his lunch and tidying the kitchen whilst making this, so I felt like I had enough to be getting on with!

I then added drops of food colouring and shook the bags until I was happy with the colour we had achieved. A lot of the recipes online suggest you add water at this stage, however I found this diluted the colour a lot. I just drizzled a jug of water over the completed sensory tray to lubricate the spaghetti which made it super squidgy and slippery.

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Playing with it

We played with this on a wet and miserable day so we set the play up in the wet room to minimise any risk of staining. Buddy had just finished his lunch (spaghetti would you believe) so I was hoping he would be less inclined to munch!

Buddy was very interested in the spaghetti and made a bee line straight for it. He seemed very attracted to the yellow spaghetti. In fact, it was worth a taste!

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Buddy practiced shaking the spaghetti, and laughed when it fell from his fingers. It made a great “splat” sound on the bathroom floor.

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Buddy then decided to do exactly what I wanted to do…. He went in with both hands, smooshing the spaghetti between his fingers and swirling the colours.

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Unfortunately, my theory that a full tummy would prevent playtime munchies was proven completely wrong…

Buddy then decided to climb into the sensory bin and he had a good munch and rummage!

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He enjoyed feeling the spaghetti between his fingers and had a brilliant time mixing all of the colours. Of course, there was a lot more tasting too.

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He then practiced dropping handfuls of spaghetti out of the box and onto the floor. The “splatting” sound continued to amuse him and it made a fantastic mess!

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He loved feeling the spaghetti on his body and deposited handfuls all over his legs!

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This play was so much fun, we really didn’t want to stop! Unfortunately, Buddy was feeling tired so we called it a day. I did bag up and freeze the leftover spaghetti though. Even blended, the colours look great and I look forward to pulling this play out again over the next few weeks.

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You can read about how we reused the spaghetti here.

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Skills we used
Buddy was practicing both fine and gross motor skills here. He practiced balancing on the slippery floor, moving around the box, climbing in and out of the box and standing, sitting and squatting. He also practiced hand eye co-ordination, hand strengthening and dexterity. (That’s a lot of skills for a tub full of pasta!)
He was also able to experience early colour differentiation and identification. (That’s a fancy way of saying “ooh look at the pretty colours, they’re so different”.)

So why not give it a go? If you try it, please let me know how it went. Comments make me smile πŸ™‚

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29 thoughts on “Rainbow Spaghetti Play

  1. This looks fantastic! Loving the great multi-coloured messy sensory fun, and it looks like Buddy really enjoyed himself too, which is always the most important thing. Thanks so much for linking with #Letkidsbekids

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  14. Question – i see some of the color got on his belly when he was playing – did it wash off easily? Im a teacher in an infant room and would love to do this with my babies but dont want to send them all home tie-dyed haha!

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  15. My daughter is a preschool teacher in Canada. I know that she would never think of using food in this way. She has students in her class who could use this spaghetti that you so casually play with for their family dinner. I am quite shocked that so many people find this a good idea.

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    • Hi Heidy, thanks for taking the time to comment. Whilst I understand your point I must say that this is a play activity we engage with because it is a fantastic learning opportunity and as you can see from the article, my son did eat it.
      That spaghetti was purchased from Aldi and cost 30 pence. That works out at about fifty cents in American currency. Whilst there are many free activities I could enjoy with my kids, I consider a 30 pence activity to be a fun and attainable activity for families on most budgets.

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