This a super fun indoor and outdoor sensory activity for baby and toddler. I assumed it would be super messy and it suprisingly wasn’t. The food colouring didn’t stain his hand or clothes as the oil helped soak up the food colouring. Frankie really enjoyed exploring a whole new texture.
Why rainbow spaghetti sensory play?
It provides an opportunity to explore using senses and to teach colours. It can help develop fine motor skills by squishing, grabbing, mashing and pinching individual spaghetti strings. It also helps to teach descriptive words such as wet and slimy. Babies and children can explore using their senses too.
You will need:
Food colouring of choice (I used liquid food colouring)
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1/2 bag of spaghetti
How to make rainbow spaghetti:
Once you have cooked the spaghetti, drain and separate into bowls.
Add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl and mix.
Add a drop of cooking oil to the coloured spaghetti to stop it from becoming too sticky.
Then leave for an hour to dry out. The drying prevents kids hands from getting stained from the wet food coloring.
And then it’s messy rainbowy sensory playtime for baby or toddler
Exploring the new texture
Colourful Squishy Fun!!
Frankie loved mushing his hands through the spaghetti, it was a whole new texture and of course he had a little taste too.
We had so much fun today I have some spaghetti boiling to make some more tomorrow.
If you like this you may also like SQUISHY SENSORY BAG play.
Today I decided to get creative with little man. I made a sensory bag filled with gels, glitters, buttons and paint. I then taped it to his high chair and it surprisingly entertained him for over thirty minutes.
To make a sensory bag you will need a zip lock freezer bag, some paints (optional), glitters, buttons and gel. In the first bag I added some different coloured paints along with some sparkly glitter. I sealed the bag and then taped it to his tray. I used white tape so he wouldn’t try pull at it.
Next I used some of daddies hair gel adding some glitter and button. He played with this one for ages. He loved the air bubbles that formed and moving the little button around.
You can add anything you like to the sensory bags and get more creative each time you make one. I am going to add some beads next time.
As baby gets bigger you could also duck tape the edges of the bag and allow baby to play with it on the floor fully supervised of course. Also keep babies nails trimmed little fingernails could puncture the bag.
There is hundreds of homemade playdough recipes out there and of all recipes we have used in the My Little Babog house this is by far Kayla’s favourite. It is the perfect non toxic recipe for babies and toddlers who are inclined to put the dough in their mouths so Frankie can squish, squeeze and chew and it’s completely safe.
You Will Need
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of vinegar
Food colouring of your choice
How to make your dough
Mix all your ingredients in a pot stirring constantly on a medium head.Within a couple of minutes your dough will look sticky and gooey, continue until it all clumps together. Remove the dough from the pot and knead with a sprinkle of flour and you will get a soft, fluffy texture almost like the PlayDoh you buy in shops.
and let the fun begin!!
In twenty minutes we made a blue, pink and green dough. You can add some glitter to add a bit of sparkle especially for those Frozen fans. Store your playdough in an airtight container and it will last months.