Colored Spaghetti is a taste-safe sensory bin filler that is simple to make. But did you also know that it can make a great tool for practicing scissor skills! Make a spaghetti pumpkin cutting activity for your child and let them practice cutting the strands of colourful spaghetti this Halloween!
Developing Scissor Skills
I wrote a helpful post, The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Scissor Skills that gives you tips on teaching your child how to use scissors at home. From where and how to start to easy to set up activities to links to the different types of scissors to get for your child.
How to Make Colored Spaghetti
- Cook the spaghetti as if you are going to eat it, but remove it from the water a few minutes before it is fully cooked.
- Rinse thoroughly with cold water to remove the starch and prevent the spaghetti from sticking together.
- Place the cooked spaghetti in a large, resealable plastic freezer bag.
- Add several drops of orange food coloring to the bag.
- Seal the bag, then shake and massage until the color has been evenly distributed throughout the spaghetti. (I sometimes stick my hands in, to ensure the color gets evenly distributed. Wear gloves if you decide to do this, or wash your hands several times afterward.) Add more food coloring as necessary.
- Spread out the colored spaghetti on a tray as thinly as you can and let dry slightly for at least 1 hour. This will help reduce color transfer on to your child’s hands and clothing. Your spaghetti should still be soft and bendable like cooked spaghetti.
- If the pasta gets dry as your child plays, spray it with a little bit of water.
- Repeat to make green coloured spaghetti
How to Set up Spaghetti Pumpkin Cutting Activity
Arrange the orange spaghetti in a circle shape in a sensory bin. Arrange the green spaghetti on top as a stem. Invite your child to use scissors to cut the strands of spaghetti.
How To Store Coloured Spaghetti
You can store colored spaghetti in a resealable plastic bag in the fridge after your child is done playing with it and use it again within 3 to 5 days. Colored spaghetti can also be stored in the freezer for 1 month.
Playing with Coloured Spaghetti
As your little one plays with the colored spaghetti, there may be some transfer of color from the colored spaghetti onto their hands or clothing. Wear a smock or play clothing to help protect clothes and wash hands with soap and water to remove the color.
This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
The mess level for this activity is medium.
Difficulty to Create
Sensory play, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
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- 2 cups (200 g) cooked spaghetti Large, resealable plastic freezer bag for mixing
- Several drops of orange and green gel or regular food coloring
- Spray bottle of water
- Airtight container or resealable plastic bag, for storage
- Sensory Bin
- Child safe scissors (check here for more information on scissor skill development)
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- 40+ Spider Crafts & Activities for Kids
- 20 Haunted House Crafts for Kids
- 24+ Skeleton Crafts & Activities for Kids
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Books, TV Show & Play Kits!
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon.
Engage your child in hours of play with my colorful collection of over 60 sensory bin activities, recipes and play projects that aid with memory formation, language development, problem-solving skills and more. Perfect for toddlers from eighteen months to three years old and beyond, each bin makes use of materials you already have at home and helps reignite your kids’ interest in toys long forgotten.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
With setup instructions, details on how to guide your child through each activity, suggestions for what to talk about with your child as they play and other useful tips, Mandisa gives you all the information you need for creative sensory activities your kids are bound to love.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!