These rainbow spaghetti noodles make for the perfect sensory exploration for your toddler or preschooler. They’re easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for a week of sensory fun!
I’ve seen rainbow spaghetti sensory noodles on the internet for years, and I’ve never felt like they would be worth my time until this year. There are a few sensory activities we’ve done for years, even when my firstborn was a baby. But, there are activities that seemed like way too much work for a toddler that was going to look at it, dump it on the floor, and move on. And that includes these sensory rainbow noodles.
Now, it’s not hard to make rainbow sensory noodles. There are a number of food sensory items, and cooked noodles are one of my favorites. I kind of always figured dinner time was enough noodle sensory play since our babies usually feed themselves from a young age.
But, I took the plunge with rainbow noodles, and I’m glad I did! It really wasn’t as messy as I was expecting, since all I did was cook noodles separate them into ziploc baggies to color them, which I also then stored the noodles in!
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Rainbow Spaghetti Noodles for Sensory Play
To make these noodles, cook some spaghetti noodles, strain, and allow them to cool. Once cooled, separate them into gallon ziplock bags, and squirt some food coloring and a splash of white vinegar into each!
My son had a blast mixing them up! Just make sure you close the bags all the way, and your child can be involved in that part of the process as well.
I stored the noodles in the same bags we mixed the colors in, and played with them all week long! Just be sure to grab only a small amount of each color for each activity, because they probably won’t be salvageable afterwards. The kids are pretty rough with them!
As you can see, my kids took full advantage of the fact that this activity was taste-safe.
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