We had some spaghetti leftover from our dinner yesterday (I’m useless at judging how much to cook!) and so we used it in today’s sensory bin. I also cooked some pasta shapes just to bulk it up a bit.
I used some food colouring and coloured the pasta shapes blue and the spaghetti green (it went a bit murky but Lottie didn’t mind!) and added a very small amount of vegetable oil to each bowl just to stop it sticking together too much. I separated the two in the sensory bin with a line of uncooked mini pasta stars that have been knocking around the cupboard for ages – not that I was clearing out the cupboard or anything!
Lovely, squidgy, messy fun!
I gave Lottie a selection of kitchen utensils to play with but she wasn’t really interested in them, preferring to just get her hands in and get messy – that’s my girl!
She enjoyed mixing it all together and picking out the little star shapes. She also enjoyed pulling the spaghetti pieces apart and making the longer pieces smaller – great chance to explore cause and effect!
While we played we discussed the temperature of the pasta (it had been in the fridge overnight so was pretty cold), the colours, the texture and the differences between the types of pastas used. This was a simple and cheap sensory bin but one that provided lots of opportunities for rich language.
This was what the bin looked like when Lottie eventually lost interest in it…
Supplies and Suppliers:
CL: communicating, listening
PD: sensory exploration
UW: exploring the world