Confessions: St. Patrick’s Pasta
Who said not to play with your food?
Today, I wanted to try dying cooked pasta noodles for for my kiddo to use for sensory play. Why sensory play you ask?
Before I show you how to make this awesome St. Patrick’s Day Pasta let me share a little bit about sensory play and why it is beneficial.
The Benefits of Sensory Exploration
- Sensory play helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
- Sensory activities prompt children to use scientific processes while they play.
- It is proven that engaging a child’s senses while presenting them with a learning task helps them to retain the information and fully comprehend it.
- Sensory play is therapeutic on an emotional level and helps to calm and soothe children during difficult times or before bed.
- Sensory play facilitates language development, problem solving skills, cognitive function, and fine and gross motor skills.
- Playing with sensory materials helps children to develop their creative process.
Ok, now back to the pasta
We all know by now that I love a theme right? So why not have a themed sensory bin activity for St. Patrick’s Day?! Making this St. Patrick’s day pasts is a really fun process for kids that leads to lots of fun and educational play. Are you ready play with the rainbow?
What you need:
- Cooked pasta noodles
- Zip-seal bags
- Food coloring
- Vegetable oil
- Aplay bin or container
What you do:
- Begin by cooking your pasta noodles as normal, and then rinse them under cold water.
- Divide the noodles into bags, using one bag for each color of pasta that you wish to make.
- Add several drops of food coloring to each bag along with a drop of vegetable oil. The oil just helps to coat the noodles in color.
- Seal the bags and give them to kids to shake and squish. Continue to mix the bags until the noodles are fully saturated in color.
- Once the noodles are fully saturated open the bags and allow them to sit for 10-15 minutes so that the color can seep into the noodles. Then, rinse the noodles under cold water to remove any excess food coloring.