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Sensory Processing Activities For Kids: Playing With Colored Spaghetti

by Heather Brummett on December 21, 2012

Colored Spaghetti is easy, fun and helpful.

Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) benefit from sensory integration activities. These are great for kids on the autism spectrum. One befeficial type of activity is one that develops motor skills.

Sensory processing activities for kids should be exciting. Colored Spaghetti is a fun activity for all kids and is very easy to do.

Colored Spaghetti Sensory Activity

Supplies

All you need are simple household items.

  • Spaghetti
  • Food Color
  • Cooking oil
  • Containers of different sizes and shapes
  • Kitchen utensils (tongs, large spoons, spatula, etc.)
  • Towels

How to:

  • Cook spaghetti according to the instructions
  • Allow to cool

Divide spaghetti into containers with cooking oil.

  • Divide into containers of different sizes and/ or shapes. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to prevent sticking.
  • Spread out the containers in an area that can be easily cleaned.

Add food coloring to the containers.

  • If your child is old, enough allow him/her to put several drops of food coloring in each container. If not you can do this. Stir each color well until desired color is reached.

Let your child experiment with different colors.

  • Allow your child to enjoy and experiment.

Things to try:

Encourage your child to use kitchen implements to pick up the spaghetti.

Put more than one color in a container and see what it creates. (visual stimulation)

Use the tongs to pick up spaghetti (fine motor skills)

Mix the various spaghetti colors.

Mix up the colored spaghetti (visual stimulation & motor skills)

Transfer spaghetti to other containers using utensils (hand-eye coordination)

Have your child handle the spaghetti directly when mixing the colors.

Mix up with fingers (tactile stimulation)

The beauty of this exercise is that it accomplishes a lot without costing a lot. It requires simple preparation and does not require much  cleanup. You can try different kinds of pasta for an infinite number of variations.

This activity develops motor skills and eye-hand coordination, as well as stimulates the visual and tactile senses. Best of all, it’s safe.

While we did this outdoors, you can also do this indoors without too much more effort.

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