Today, we are re-using blue spaghetti we have used to create the Ocean Taste Safe Small World Sensory Play (see here).
What you will need:
- a large serving tray (we are using this one)
- spaghetti or fettuccine
- green food coloring
- baby animals
- pebbles (we collected from the beach)
- blue hydrogels
To resemble green grass, I am using cooked spaghetti. (I am re-using blue spaghetti we have, so simply place them in a ziplock, add green food coloring, shake well, and Wolla!)
To make your original dyed pasta: add about five squirts of food coloring to the water while cooking your pasta according to the instructions. (The major benefit is that pasta does NOT stain the hands!)
TIPS: rinse cooked pasta with cold water and dry with a paper towel. Store in a ziplock in a fridge for a few days before tossing away.
(I generally use EXPIRED food or one that fell on the floor, or if it is not suitable for eating somehow, and I am VERY reluctant to use a LOT of edible food! So, open your cupboard and look for food that has passed its expiration date!)
In terms of Sensor Play, my motto is: they TOUCH it, they GET it, they MANIPULATE and it goes directly to their BRAIN! Did you know that triggering sensory stimulation fires multiple signals between neurons, which strengthens its connectivity and spurs neuroplasticity – aka the production of new connections and NEW neurons themselves increasing brain agility – all that from mere tactile stimulation
To further stimulate those little hands, offer tongs to transfer pasta and scissors to cut it, both of which are awesome fine motor tools!
You can see this activity on Instagram here. Please,