Monster Sensory Spaghetti

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What you need:

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Ideal Age Range:

1 – 4 (though my 6 year old had fun playing with his brother)

Mess Factor:

Low. We had a tiny bit of color transfer on fingertips, but otherwise the kids played with this on the table with no cover or mats and we had very little mess!

Prep Time:

10 minutes + pasta cook time.

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How to Prep:

1 week before you want to do this, set yourself a calendar or task reminder to purchase any supplies you don’t have from the list above.

Cook the entire box of spaghetti, taking 3 minutes off of the recommended cooking time. Drain the pasta and rinse with cool water. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive or vegetable oil on the pasta and use your hands to mix it in.

Separate the spaghetti into plastic bags – 1 per color you want to make. Start by using 10 drops of food coloring in a bag. Seal the bag and shake around to mix the color all over the spaghetti. Keep adding drops of food coloring until you get the desired color. Repeat for each color you want to use.

Empty the colored spaghetti onto a cookie tray (or something similar) and spread it out as much as possible. Let the spaghetti dry, preferably overnight. The longer it can dry, the less color transfer you may see.

When you are ready to play, arrange the spaghetti into a large bowl or tray. Nestle the spooky accents into the pasta. Provide some transfer bowls, scoops, or tongs to help your toddler play!

They had a lot of fun!

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