Rainbow Spaghetti For Sensory Play

Rainbow Spaghetti

Sensory Play Rainbow Spaghetti

If you’re looking for a fun, colorful activity that will delight young children, look no further than rainbow spaghetti! With just a few simple steps, you can create a tactile wonderland that will stimulate their senses and spark their imaginations. Best of all, this DIY project is completely edible, so you don’t have to worry about little ones putting it in their mouths. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, this is a fantastic way to foster creative play and encourage exploration. So grab some ziplock bags or reusable containers and start dyeing those noodles!

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Rainbow Spaghetti For Sensory Play

What Is Sensory Play?

Discover a world of sensory play – where children use their senses to explore, learn and grow! From feeling the texture of sand between their fingers to hearing a story being read aloud, sensory play activities engage children in ways that stimulate their imagination and curiosity. It’s not just about touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound – it’s also about developing an awareness of their body, movements, and how it interacts with the environment. With such a wide range of activities, the possibilities for sensory play are endless!

The Benefits Of Sensory Play

The many benefits of Sensory Play include:

  • Cognitive growth
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Calms anxious or frustrated children
  • Teaches children sensory attributes – for instance, wet/dry, dark/light, rough/smooth
  • Enhances memory

Exploring different sensory activities can be a great way to enrich your child’s playtime. While every child is unique, there are plenty of simple and affordable ways to create fun sensory experiences, such as using objects found in nature or around the house. Engage your child’s senses by asking them questions like “What does it sound like?” or “How does it feel?” as they play with their chosen objects. This approach enables them to explore multiple senses at once and makes playtime even more enjoyable!

Rainbow Spaghetti
Rainbow Spaghetti

How To Make Rainbow Spaghetti

Prepare to be amazed by the simplicity of this colorful spaghetti recipe! With only a handful of necessary supplies, you’ll be amazed at the results

You will Need:

  • Cooked Spaghetti
  • Ziplock Bags or Containers
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Food Colouring
Spaghetti Ingredients
Spaghetti Ingredients
Spaghetti Ingredients

Cook the spaghetti as you regularly would.

Drain as usual. I rinsed with cool water while it was still in the colander to keep it from sticking together.

Once drained and cooled, add a small (very small) amount of oil and toss.

Add a few drops of food colouring and mix well by zipping up the bag or container and shaking.

After all the spaghetti is coated leave to sit for 30 minutes to an hour to allow all the food colouring to be soaked in.

Rainbow Spaghetti
Rainbow Spaghetti
Rainbow Spaghetti
Rainbow Spaghetti

Rainbow Spaghetti Play

Engage young children’s senses with a colorful sensation like rainbow spaghetti! This sensory activity is perfect for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers alike. They’ll love feeling the slimy texture as it slips through their tiny fingers. Plus, it’s an excellent learning opportunity for little ones to distinguish between different colours.


When engaging in sensory play with your little ones, it’s important to cater to their age and developmental stage. While a small container of rainbow spaghetti on the table would be perfect for a toddler or preschooler, a baby may benefit more from having the colourful strands in a large tray on the floor. So go ahead and get creative with the textures and colours, but don’t forget to keep your little one’s needs in mind!

Rainbow Sensory Play
Rainbow Sensory Play
Rainbow Sensory Play
Rainbow Sensory Play

Ideas For Using Rainbow Spaghetti

Let your little ones dive into a rainbow world of sensory play with this spaghetti activity! Don’t worry, since the spaghetti and food coloring are edible, it’s totally safe for small children who like to put things in their mouths. Take it to the next level by hiding toys or numbers for them to hunt, and equip them with giant tweezers for an extra challenge. Add some pots and pans for them to mix up their ‘dinner’ or a ‘magic potion.’ And imagine how exciting it would be if they could sit in a pool of rainbow spaghetti, ready for them to explore!

Our Favourite Ways To Use Rainbow Spaghetti:

  • Hiding toys under the spaghetti
  • Finding hidden numbers and counting
  • Colour recognition and sorting
  • Threading into tubes
  • Sensory tub themes (blue ocean, green grass)
  • Pretend play cooking
Rainbow Sensory Play
Rainbow Sensory Play

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Jodie Lowen is the owner of Wheatbelt Kids and a mother of two. She lives in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and has worked in education for many years. Jodie is passionate about social media marketing and using online platforms to build community connections.

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