Dyed Spaghetti Recipe

How To Dye Spaghetti

What Are The Benefits Of Spaghetti Sensory Play?

The benefits of sensory play.

  • Sensory attributes – Sensory play allows children to explore all kinds or different textures like; hot, cold, sticky, rough, smooth etc.
  • Regulating emotions – Sensory play can allow children to ‘reset’ if they are having a particularly grumpy day or moment. I often use it to reset the day if my daughter is really struggling with her emotions.
  • Supports all areas of development – Sensory play is opened in nature meaning it allows children to explore and test their ideas without any strict limitations. This means that we can use it to support all areas of learning from speech and language to fine motor skills.

The benefits of using spaghetti as a base for sensory play.

  • Fine motor skills as they explore the spaghetti with their hands by squeezing it or picking it up between their forefinger and thumb in a pincer grasp. You can also add in some fine motor tools to continue to develop their fine motor skills.
  • Imagination as they explore the tray you have set up adding a story line to their play like hiding bugs under the spaghetti so their can’t be found by a cheeky bird.
  • Colour recognition as they explore the colour or colours of spaghetti in the tray.
  • Open ended play which means that your child is able to play without having specific ‘rules’ to follow, or fixed outcomes allowing them to explore the invitation to play in a way that is best for them.
  • Speech and language development as you explore the tray together, using new and previously know language.
  • Mathematics as they explore the different lengths or spaghetti, counting the pieces and introduce positional language like; under and on top.

How Long Will Coloured Spaghetti Last?

Dyed spaghetti is best to be made and played with on the same day, but once it is made it will last for most of the day. If it happens to be in the sun it may dry out a little though!


20 + Drying

Mess Scale


6 Months

On the day

How To Dye Spaghetti.

Just Grab:

  • Spaghetti
  • Colender
  • Saucepan
  • Food Colouring
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Zip-lock Bag


  1.  Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Once the spaghetti is cooked, pour the spaghetti into a colder to drain the water then rinse the spaghetti under cold running water.
  3. Place the spaghetti into the zip-lock bag. Once for each colour you want.
  4. Add a few drops of food colouring and a drop of oil into each bag. The oil helps the food colouring go further so you have to use so much colouring.
  5. Seal the bag, pushing out as much air as possible as you do. Shake the bag until your are happy with the colour of the spaghetti.
  6. Pour the spaghetti out into the tray and leave to dry for 30 minutes to reduce the risk of any colour staining little hands. 

What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Dyed Spaghetti?

Cleaning Up Your Child

Once you child has finished playing remove any dirty clothes then clean your little one up with a damp flannel.

Cleaning A Small Tray

Grab the tray, tip the spaghetti into the bin, and then wash the tray in the sink.

Cleaning A Large Tray

Scoop the spaghetti into a bowl, then tip the spaghetti into the bin. Next pop the bowl into the sink to clean later. Wipe the tray down with an anti-bacterial wipe to clean then pop it to one side.

Cleaning The Surrounding Area

A quick anti-bac wipe around the area should be good enough to clean up afterwards. If the spaghetti is particularly oily, do a quick mop over the area.

Spaghetti Sensory Play Ideas

Spaghetti Activity

Spaghetti Activity

Spaghetti Activity

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