I am trying to fit as many Halloween activities into our days as I can, because before you know it, it will be time for Thanksgiving fun! I think this is my last Halloween activity for this year! It was a lot of fun to get this spooky Halloween sensory bin ready! I have never dyed cooked pasta before and I was surprised how well it turned out! I was nervous that it would dye my little’s hands during play, but it didn’t at all!! Follow my tips below on dying your pasta the help avoid this problem too!!
This sensory bin provides all kinds of fun! Kids can use the skeleton hands to scoop up the noodles and other fun objects. They can practice filling and dumping their creations, they can feel the slimy texture of the noodles. My 4 year old loved trying to pick up the eye balls with her skeleton hands!!
What You Will Need
- Plastic Eyes
- Rubber Spiders
- Rubber Flies
- Rubber Worms
- Rubber Rats
- Sensory Bin
- Small cups or bowls
- A spoon (or really awesome skeleton hands)
- Thick Spaghetti Noodles
- Orange Food Coloring
- Vegetable Oil
Dying Cooked Spaghetti
First, cook your thick spaghetti noodles a little harder than you would normally eat them.
Rinse them in cool water as soon as they are finished crooking
Put them in a ziplock bag and add your food coloring. If the noodles are sticking you can add a little vegetable oil to the bag.
- Seal the bag up and shake and kneed the noodles to get them covered in the food coloring
- Check your noodles and you might need to add more food coloring if they are not all the way covered.
- Let the noodles sit for about 5 minutes to let the color soak in.
- Then rinse the extra coloring off in a strainer.
- Next, dump back into ziplock add about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, even if you added some earlier.
- Shake the bag again.
- You can store these in the refrigerator for a few days. Mine were in there for 3 days and were perfect! NO food coloring transferred on to skin!!
I was very happy with the color of my noodles!!
This activity is super fun and slimy! I loved the skeleton hands for the kids that did not like touching the slimy noodles!! My 6 and 4 year old liked it, they played for about 30 minutes! My 23 month old scooped a little bit with the skeleton hands, then tried touching it and said, “I don’t like it!” So if you have a child like that, you might add very little vegetable oil to make it less slimy!! But, overall it was a success!
Check it out in action!
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