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7 Sensory Activities Using Spaghetti As A Sensory Base

Cooked spaghetti provides an incredibly versatile, taste-safe base for sensory play activities, which means it is perfect for babies from six months, toddlers and preschoolers to explore. You can use the cooked spaghetti to create invitations to play that involve snipping to promote scissor skills, add small-world toys to encourage creativity and imagination, and so much more. Use the activity ideas below to inspire you for your next sensory bin.

#1. Monster Hair Cut

If you’re looking for a monster-themed activity, recreate this monster haircut activity to promote your preschoolers’ scissor skills. Use the recipe within this post to find out how I dyed the spaghetti to give it some extra colour.

Perfect for Developing;

  • Scissor skills
  • Imagination
  • Introducing sizes and lengths

#2. Rocket Snipping

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off! Turn the cooked spaghetti into firey flames and add it to your next sensory bin alongside a rocket to promote your preschooler’s fine motor skills!

Perfect for Developing;

  • Scissor skills
  • Colour recognition
  • Introducing sizes and lengths

#3. Chinese New Year Spaghetti

Add in chopsticks to create a cooked spaghetti activity perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year. You can even add some golden coins or little bowls for your toddlers to fill using the chopsticks.

Perfect For Learning

  • Fine motor skills
  • Understanding the world
  • Imagination

#4. Rainbow Spaghetti

Cooked Spaghetti Sensory Base Activity - Rainbow Spaghetti

If your little one loves filling and emptying containers, try this rainbow spaghetti activity to level up their development! As they fill and empty the bowls, they can colour-match the cooked spaghetti to the bowls you have provided.

Perfect for Developing;

  • Fine motor skills
  • Colour recognition
  • Imagination

#5. Spaghetti Nest

Cooked Spaghetti Sensory Play Base Activity - Spaghetti Nest

Reuse the plastic Easter Eggs in the cupboard to create this cooked spaghetti nest activity, perfect for spring! Adding the chicks inside can help develop your child’s counting ability as they hatch each chick. Or, if you have coloured chicks, you can do some colour matching.

Perfect for Developing;

  • Counting
  • Fine motor skills
  • Understanding the world

#6. Witches Hair

The witch from Room On The Broom is ready for her haircut! Support your preschooler’s scissors skills by letting them snip at the cooked spaghetti, giving her a much-needed trim.

Perfect for Developing;

  • Scissor skills
  • Imagination
  • Introduction to size and length

#7. Easter Egg Hunt

Cooked Spaghetti Sensory Base Activity - Easter Egg Hunt

In the run-up to Easter, why not use some plastic Easter eggs to create a mini Easter egg hunt using cooked spaghetti as a sensory base? You could even hide things inside the eggs, like letters or numbers, to extend the learning.

Perfect for Developing;

  • Fine motor skills
  • Colour recognition
  • Speech development

#8. Spaghetti House Fire

For toddlers obsessed with fire engines, use the recipe on the following page to dye your spaghetti red and yellow, then recreate this house fire scene! 

Perfect for Developing;

  • Imagination
  • Fire safety knowledge
  • Fine motor skills

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