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Dyed Spaghetti Play

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:

  • Spaghetti
  • Food colouring
  • Sandwich bags
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions
  2. Once the spaghetti has cooked, separate the spaghetti into separate sandwich bags and pop a few drops of food colouring in each separate bag
  3. 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:

  1. It is important for your child’s learning and development
  2. It stimulates all your child’s senses at once
  3. Sensory play encourages your child to play, explore and investigate
  4. It can be a calming influence on children and can be therapeutic

If you have enjoyed dyed spaghetti play why don’t you try my Dinosaur Ice Excavation activity or sensory bottles next?

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Sensory Play: Dinosaur Ice Excavation!

It’s a Dinosaur Ice Excavation!

I recently found this dinosaur ice excavation activity online and in my opinion it looked pretty awesome. So I may have planned it for my own selfish reasons. But luckily the three year old actually enjoyed it and I wasn’t the only one playing!

It’s so easy to prep too. If you already have little plastic dinosaurs – perfect – if not, there is nothing saying you have to use dinosaurs. You could use any figurines really.

I found some tuberware in the cupboard, popped a couple of dinosaurs in each container and then filled them up with water so the dinosaurs were only just covered. I put them in the freezer and once completely frozen we could then play!

Let’s dig for Dinosaurs!

The three year old already had a builders kit containing a pretend saw, hammers, drill and pliers. So he used these to try and break the ice. When he had almost broken the dinosaurs out of the ice he tried biting way through the ice!

I also placed the ice in a meal baking tray as the ice cubes are going to melt!

Toward the end I showed the three year old what happens if we pour warm water over the ice cubes so he could watch them melt!

Enjoy!

If you have liked this activity why don’t you take a look at other posts of mine? Why don’t you try mess free painting activity or make a Star Wars Lightsaber?

Activities · Craft Activities · Nannying · Sensory Play

How to make sensory bottles

Yesterday one of the twins was off school sick but as she started to feel better we decided to get crafty. We made some jewellery, did some colouring and we made some sensory bottles. We made two different kinds, one made with vegetable oil and the other just water.

For the ocean sensory bottle you need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water

Method to make ocean sensory bottles:

  1. Fill the bottle 1/3 approximately with water
  2. Add several drops of food colouring – we used blue
  3. Cover then shake to mix the food colouring and water together
  4. Top the rest up with oil (we put a little too much oil in and not enough water though!)
  5. Seal the lid back on – we used sellotape to seal the lid shut but you may want to superglue it.

For the normal bottles you need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Glitter
  • Glitter glue/glitter paint

Method:

  1. Fill the bottle with water
  2. Add drops of food colouring and/or glitter glue/glitter paint (any colour)
  3. Cover then shake to mix the food colouring/glitter and water together
  4. Add extra glitter for more shine!
  5. Seal the lid back on – we used sellotape to seal the lid on again but you may want to superglue it

Sensory bottles are great for babies and young children. You could even add them to a treasure basket. To find out what a treasure basket is go to my previous treasure basket blog here Treasure Baskets – Heuristic Play. Another reason why sensory bottles are great is they can work quite well calming down children who are angry or upset. They are also sometimes used with children who have special education needs.

Have fun!

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Sensory Play – Mess Free Painting Activity

Take a look at this amazing mess free painting activity. Plus you wont even get messy. Sounds amazing right?

All you need is for the mess free painting activity:

  • Cling film
  • Sellotape
  • Paint

This is such a quick and fun activity to set up and mess free!

To set up:

  1. Roll out your cling film over a table and then cut to size. Then you will need to sellotape the cling film to the table.
  2. Once the cling film is sellotaped to the table, squirt some paint on top of the cling film. The more colours the better!
  3. Next get some more cling film roll it out over on top so it covers the paint. Cut the cling film to size and sellotape again on top of the paint. Make sure you seal all of the paint in and there are no holes for it to leak!

Encourage your children to mix the colours together!

When you are finished mixing and exploring the different colours all you need to do is peel the sellotape off and throw it away. All of the paint will stay inside of the cling film so no mess is made! Sounds perfect right?

This activity is very fun to play with. It could be a good activity idea if your child doesn’t like getting dirty.

If you like this post why don’t you take a look at some of my other posts such as our monster plate craft activity or our halloween decorations?

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