Slimy Spaghetti Sensory Activity for Toddlers


Sensory activities are always fun for toddlers to do. They get to explore, and there’s never a right or wrong way to do it. A spaghetti sensory activity is perfect for Halloween because it’s oh-so-slimy!

We turned The Imagination Tree’s bug slime spaghetti [eww!] into a sensory activity especially for Halloween with just a few colors!

I simply cooked up a package of spaghetti noodles, drained them and rinsed it with cold water to cool it down quickly.

Divide the spaghetti and add food coloring of your choice. [I chose orange, purple and black for Halloween.] If you’d like, let the kids mix up the colors. I chose to do it myself since I was just playing with George.

Slimey Spaghetti Sensory Activity for Toddlers

Add a little vegetable oil, too, to keep the noodles slimy for great sensory play!

[I added oil both before and after I colored it, but I think the color would take even better if didn't add the oil beforehand, though it was still pretty vibrant!]

Colored spaghetti sensory activity

I set them outside in containers for George to explore. And he did…

Exploring slimy colored spaghetti

Surprisingly, he was actually very hesitant to touch it with his hands.

Along with the colored spaghetti, I set out measuring spoons and cups, a soup ladle, a funnel and a large bucket.

Once George got the courage to touch the slimy spaghetti, he mostly liked to see if he could pull it apart. Over and over. [There were lots of little tiny pieces!]

Feeling the textures of cooked spaghetti

I tried my best to sit back and watch, and let him explore entirely on his own. But this colored spaghetti was so enticing, I had to join in!

I thought the funnel would add a nice effect. I thought it would be easy to pull the spaghetti through the hole. Maybe I put too much in, because it was hard for even me to pull out of it!

George attempted it, too. Breaking the pieces into even smaller pieces than he was doing before!

Sensory play with spaghetti

Finally, the bucket was discovered. The colored spaghetti became a potion in the cauldron for Halloween.

25 sensory activities for kidsThis slimy spaghetti is just one of the 25 sensory activities for kids

A cauldron for a spaghetti sensory activity for toddlers

Potions were mixed and mixed, in and out of the cauldron!

All parts explored the spaghetti’s slimy texture. Fingers…. mouths… hair… ears…

A sensory sliminess and ooey gooey good time.

Sensory activity with slimy spaghetti for toddlers

And boy was it messy. [So glad we took this one outside!]

Spaghetti sensory messy play!

Our hands did stain a little from the food coloring, but it came off in the bath that night. If you do it inside, maybe throw down a vinyl tablecloth on the floor before starting.

A slimy mess is worth the sensory fun, right?

This spaghetti sensory activity is also one of the 50 Activities Just for your Toddler!

George was 1 year old.

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  1. Anna @ The Imagination Tree says

    Fantastic colours! I'm so glad to have inspired you ;-) I love the feeling of the oily spaghetti- wonderful!

  2. rainydaymum says

    Ohhh that looks like so much fun. I think I could even do it with T (7months) as it's all edible and won't matter if she eats anything.

  3. Holly Ann says

    Oh, I love it!! I don't think I'm brave enough to do it with my pre-k class, but I'd definitely do it at home with my twin 3-year-olds and my 2-year-old.

  4. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam says

    I'm sure my daughter will love this. We will play with this in her outdoor kitchen this week. I love that my daughter loves getting her hands dirty so this will be right up her alley.

  5. Liz Darner says

    What great fun! I'm certain that both my 3yo and my 6yo would love this. And our chickens would gobble up the mess afterward!

  6. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses says

    That is really beautiful! And it really does look enticing and sort of creepy. Yet still beautiful! I adore this! And I'm pinning.

    It is worth the mess, isn't it? :) And that's so great that you played too. I probably couldn't have resisted playing with it either. So awesome.

  7. Whole Child Creative Curriculum says

    I LOVE this idea! It's such a great exploratory experience for so many ages! I'm going to share it on FB, if that's okay! If it's not okay, let me know and I'll take it down. ;)

    Carla @ Whole Child Creative Curriculum

  8. rachelle | tinkerlab says

    My 3 year old saw these pictures and exclaimed that she wanted to make this today. I guess we'll be covering the floor with vinyl :)

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