Miss2 (3 in August) & Miss18m had lots of fun playing with Rainbow Spaghetti last week! For a $1 packet of spaghetti and a few drops of food colouring, these activities are not only simple, but inexpensive & a fun way to learn through play!
Sensory play, colour recognition, scissor practice, pretend play, fine motor skills & so much more. Lots of fun & learning to be had with Rainbow Spaghetti!
To make Rainbow Spaghetti,
Step 1. Cook your spaghetti as normal – once al dente, run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Step 2. Place a ziplock bag into a cup & fold the bag around the edge to keep it open, repeat for each colour.
Step 3. Separate the spaghetti into the cups.
Step 4. Add 1-2 tbs of water into each cup.
Step 5. Add a few drops of food colouring.
Step 6. Close the ziplock bag, shake to disperse the colour & then leave to sit for 5 mins.
Step 7. Run the pasta in a colander under cold water until the water runs clear. The longer you wash it, the less likely the colour will run when playing. (Remember that food colouring will stain!)
Step 8. Give the pasta a good shake, then pat-dry with a paper towel/tea towel to remove excess water. I laid the pasta between a (dark) towel & lightly rubbed/tapped the top.
Step 9. Add 1 tsp of oil (coconut/olive/vegetable) – this will stop colour from staining hands during play & will stop the pasta from going dry and sticky.
Step 10. PLAY!
Sensory Exploration – Rainbow Spaghetti is a fun & inexpensive, taste-safe Sensory Play activity for Toddlers (& babies!)! Miss18m explored the different texture, lifting it up & let it fall between her fingers. She mimicked me as I pointed out the colours while she explored with her hands & feet!
Scissor Practice – Miss2 showed an interest in cutting not long after she turned 2, over the past few months she has grasped the skill, & can now hold and use scissors. Spaghetti is a great beginner scissor activity for Toddlers. Its not flimsy like paper & not as thick as play dough! I also find that play dough falls apart easy when rolled it into a snake for Miss2 to hold up and snip!
Pretend Play Cooking – After she had finished cutting, we moved Miss2’s play kitchen outside for some backyard cooking! I watched Miss2 create, bake, cook, sell & play by herself for a good hour – beats play-kitchen-food any day!