Toddler Activity: How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Bin

We decided that we would have a go at making rainbow spaghetti! My little boy wasn't too sure at first, but after a while was happy to squish the spaghetti and pull it out of the container. He also thought it was hilarious that our chickens thought it was lunch! 

To make your own rainbow spaghetti you will need: 

* 1-2 packets of spaghetti (depending on how much you want to make)
* Food colouring
* A pot to cook the spaghetti in
* Water
* Large zip lock bags
* Cooking oil 

The first thing you will need to do is cook your spaghetti the way you normally would in a pot of hot water. Once the spaghetti is cooked mix a small amount of oil through to stop it from sticking together. I used olive oil. Leave the spaghetti to cool. 

Once the spaghetti has cooled split it into three equal portions (you can do more portions if you're planning on having more than three colours of spaghetti). 

Put each portion of spaghetti into a separate zip lock plastic bag. Add a few drops of food colouring to each zip lock bag. You can use normal food colouring from the supermarket, but if you're wanting different colours Spotlight has a wide range of gel food colouring. 

Zip the zip lock bag shut and then squish the spaghetti around the bag until the food colouring has all mixed in. Your little ones will love helping you with this part! 

Once it's all mixed together you can take your coloured spaghetti out of the zip lock bag. Then put the different colours into a large plastic container side by side. 

Let you toddler get messy and start exploring their new sensory bin. Hopefully your animals eat a bit less than our chickens did. Luckily it's all edible so is perfect even for young babies. x 

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  1. So who ate more? very cool fun!

  2. Love this! So fun and colourful and a great way for kids to experience texture!