Halloween sensory spaghetti is a total show-stopper (and surprisingly easy to make!). Your kids will beg you to make this year after year.
Halloween sensory spaghetti is pasta-tively amazing
These are three words you never imagined going together before, but ohhh they go together in the most perfect way.
In the voice of Joey Tribiani…
Halloween sensory spaghetti? SO, SO, SO GOOD.
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Why you should try Halloween sensory spaghetti
This activity is easy to make, it doesn’t cost much, and you likely have all the ingredients you’ll need.
If you don’t have all the materials, they’re at your local grocery store (and are inexpensive).
Halloween sensory spaghetti is colorful, squishy, smooth, dazzling, and loaded with tactile and fine motor exploration.
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- Spaghetti noodles – or, use whatever shape pasta you have
- Liquid watercolors orfood coloring
- Vegetable oil
Making Halloween sensory spaghetti is so much fun.
NOTE: Some steps involve the stove, hot water, etc., and those are only for adults to do.
1. Boil water and add a generous amount of liquid watercolors or food dye. Add in pasta and cook following the directions on the package.
2. Drain pasta and rinse with cool water (don’t worry, the color won’t rinse off). Wait until the pasta is cool to the touch and safe for kids’ hands.
3. Pour your cooled pasta into a shallow container and add a tiiiiny amount of vegetable oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
4. Play! Invite your kids to hold, swirl, mix, scoop, and play with the incredible sensory spaghetti.
TIP: Store your spaghetti in a zippered plastic bag in the refrigerator when it’s not in use, and it will last for a few days.
What can you do with sensory spaghetti?
There are TONS of ways to elevate your play.
- Googly Eyes: It makes the play feel a little spooky, and (my favorite part) it adds a fun sound to the spaghetti. When kids lift and shake the spaghetti, the little googly eyes make a fun, silly sound.
- Add props: Think of small Halloween trinkets like eyeball ping pong balls, spider rings, mini witch brooms, mini plastic bones, etc.
- Scissors: Learning to use scissors is an essential skill for young learners, and cutting cooked pasta is fantastic.
Related: Make scissor practice more fun by trying one of these nine things for kids to cut beyond paper.
Halloween sensory spaghetti is where it’s at
It will be an instant hit and a fun activity to do every Halloween.
I store mine in a zippered plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days in between uses.
Any that can safely use the materials (and kids who do not have gluten allergies)
The answer usually depends on the population that you serve and are working with. When I worked for Head Start (the federally funded program for children whose families qualify for low income), I did not use food in the classroom. When working with kids who are food secure, food can be a fantastic learning tool and experience.
Looking for more Halloween activities? Check these out:
- Easy Ghost Art for Kids
- Halloween Coloring Pages for Kids
- Halloween Directed Draw: Not-So-Spooky Cat
- Spider Web Fine Motor Activity