Last week was a busy one. But our favourite activity last week was dyed spaghetti play!
This was the first time I actually tried it out and it’s very easy to make. You can make it in three easy steps.
You need these for dyed spaghetti play:
- Food colouring
- Sandwich bags
- Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions
- Once the spaghetti has cooked, separate the spaghetti into separate sandwich bags and pop a few drops of food colouring in each separate bag
- You will need to seal the sandwich bags and using your hands mix the food colouring into the spaghetti. Leave for at least 5 minutes to let the spaghetti absorb the dye. The longer you leave it, the brighter the colours will be.
Tip: You can add a little bit of oil to stop the spaghetti from sticking together!
Voila! In three simple steps you have made some dyed spaghetti, perfect for sensory play. I gave the three year old some scissors to encourage him to cut the spaghetti. A great way to encourage his scissor and motor skills. The dyed spaghetti will last for a few days, however the colouring will fade a little. So you get to reuse it again!
You could make the dyed spaghetti at home or it could go down a hit if you work at a nursery! Could you imagine all those happy little faces when they see this?!
Sensory play is beneficial to children because:
- It is important for your child’s learning and development
- It stimulates all your child’s senses at once
- Sensory play encourages your child to play, explore and investigate
- It can be a calming influence on children and can be therapeutic