I remember dying uncooked noodles as a kid so that we could make pasta necklaces. That was always so much fun! Today, I wanted to try dying cooked pasta noodles for my girls to use for sensory play. Why sensory play you ask? Read on for more on that and to see how we dyed our noodles and then used them in play.
- Sensory play helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
- Sensory activities prompt children to use scientific processes while they play.
- It is proven that engaging a child’s senses while presenting them with a learning task helps them to retain the information and fully comprehend it.
- Sensory play is therapeutic on an emotional level and helps to calm and soothe children during difficult times or before bed.
- Sensory play facilitates language development, problem solving skills, cognitive function, and fine and gross motor skills.
- Playing with sensory materials helps children to develop their creative process.
Making rainbow noodles is a really fun process for kids that leads to lots of fun and educational play. Are you ready play with the rainbow?
- Begin by cooking your pasta noodles as normal and then rinsing them under cold water
- Divide the noodles into bags using one bag for each color of pasta that you wish to make.
- Add several drops of food coloring to each bag along with a drop of vegetable oil. The oil just helps to coat the noodles in color.
- Seal the bags and give them to kids to shake and squish. Continue to mix the bags until the noodles are fully saturated in color.
- Once the noodles are fully saturated open the bags and allow them to sit for 10-15 minutes so that the color can seep into the noodles. Then, rinse the noodles under cold water to remove any excess food coloring.
Then, play can begin!
- Have a rainbow spaghetti relay
- Paint with rainbow spaghetti brushes
- Have kids practice cutting with noodles
- Use the pasta to “dig for worms”