Rainbow spaghetti makes for a really fun sensory bin activity for toddlers and preschoolers. It is taste-safe, so younger toddlers and babies can easily play with it as well!
When I first saw rainbow spaghetti on Pinterest and Instagram, I thought it looked so cool, but I thought it would be difficult to make. However, I made rainbow spaghetti for the first time recently, and it’s actually pretty simple!
Continue reading to learn how to make rainbow spaghetti for sensory bins! Spoiler alert: if you can make spaghetti for dinner, you will have no problem making rainbow spaghetti 🙂
How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti for Sensory Bins
- food coloring
Heat water in a pot. Once the water is starting to heat up, add some salt (about 1 tbsp) and a few drops of oil to the hot water.
Add food coloring of choice to the water and add in the spaghetti. Cook according to the instructions on the pasta box.
I recently invested in this gel food coloring that is a little more on the pricey side, but it’s super pigmented so it made our rainbow spaghetti very vibrant and pretty!
Pour into a colander in the sink and let the colored water drain completely. Let the spaghetti noodles cool completely.
Repeat steps 1-3 to make as many colors of spaghetti as your heart desires. And then place into a sensory bin and let your littles play!
Look how pretty!
It’s honestly as simple as that! It does take a bit of time, since the water has to boil and the noodles have to cook. So definitely take that into consideration.
We did NOT have any problems with the noodles dying our hands or clothes. And it was so much fun!
How to Use Rainbow Spaghetti in Sensory Bins
You can make all the colors of the rainbow and create a rainbow themed sensory bin, or you can pick and choose colors inspired by different holidays or themes.
I recently made a Lunar New Year inspired colored spaghetti sensory bin, and gave my son some scissors, tongs, and tweezers to encourage fine motor skills as well.
Both my boys loved that sensory bin! My 2 year-old really loved using the different tools and practicing his scissor skills which he has been really into these days.
Video of How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti
If you would prefer to see a quick video of how to make rainbow spaghetti, check out my reel on Instagram!
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If you liked this post on how to make rainbow spaghetti, make sure to check out my other post on how to make rainbow rice! It’s even more simple than making rainbow spaghetti and very versatile!
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