Sunday, 5 March 2017

Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Play

Rainbow spaghetti is great for sensory play and so easy to make. Follow our simple instructions on how to make brightly coloured rainbow spaghetti in a ziplock bag. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will love exploring the colour and texture of the spaghetti and as it is edible there are no worries about them putting it in their mouths. 

Rainbow activities for kids. How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.
Take a look at all our rainbow activities. You might like to make some edible rainbow toast, a rainbow flower pot or a rainbow suncatcher.

Todays rainbow activity was created to go with this weeks virtual book club story, 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman. Scroll down for more activity ideas to accompany this book. Here is a affiliate link to buy the book (UK link/ US link) or you can watch the youtube video of the story below.






You will need:


  • Spaghetti
  • Ziplock bags
  • Food colouring
  • Water 
  • Container/ tub  for the rainbow spaghtetti


How to make rainbow spaghetti




Cook the spaghetti following the instructions on the pack.

Rainbow activities for kids. How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

Drain and rinse the spaghetti and put it into ziplock bags. You will need one bag per colour. Add food colouring and a few drops of water to each bag. We used wilton colour gel (UK link/ US link).

Rainbow activities for kids. How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

Zip the bags up and mix the spaghetti and food colouring together. Daisy (aged 2) helped me with this part. Squash it, squeeze it, throw it in the air, just keep moving the colour around the bag until all of the spaghetti is totally covered. Repeat with each colour.


Once all of the spaghetti is covered in food colouring rinse the spaghetti under the tap. Put the rainbow coloured spaghetti into a container or tub and it is ready to be played with.


Rainbow activities for kids. How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

Rainbow spaghetti sensory play


Rainbow activities for kids. How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

Playing with rainbow spaghetti is a great sensory experience for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It feels slimy and slips through your fingers easily. It's also a good activity for helping little ones to learn their colours. 


How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

Daisy loved mixing the different coloured spaghetti together.


How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

As the spaghetti and colouring used to make rainbow spaghetti is edible you don't need to worry about young children putting it into their mouths.

You could enhance this sensory play idea by hiding plastic minibeasts, figures or numbers in the spaghetti for little ones to hunt for, you could even give them some giant tweezers to use to pick up the items they find. The addition of small pots and pans would enable children to mix the spaghetti up or separate it into different pots as they cook up dinner or a magic potion. It would also be really fun to do this on a huge scale so that the children are able to sit in the rainbow spaghetti to explore it. 




How to make rainbow spaghetti. A sensory rainbow play activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Edible/ taste safe play for kids. A book activities to accompany 'A Rainbow of my Own' by Don Freeman.

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