Rainbow Noodle Sensory Bin

To finish out March we made big batch of rainbow noodles.

title image for DIY rainbow noodles sensory bin
DIY colored noodles
a rainbow of dyed noodles

The first time I made rainbow noodles was years ago but I followed almost the same exact method. Food dye, zip lock bags, rubbing alcohol and time. The only real change this time was using some Everclear (don’t judge. I only ever use it for crafts not drinking! Lol) that I had sitting in the back of the liquor cabinet. It has the same effect and if we ever REALLY wanted to, this recipe is technically taste-safe this way… I used elbow pasta the first time and they were great but I figured this time around if I used some penne we could use it for some threading practice.

close up of my DIY rainbow noodles

My dye job turned out a little too dark for my taste. The purple is almost black and the blue is super navy. If I were to do it again I would hold back a little more on the dye. (notes for the future, what can you do?!)

Sensory Tools
overview of the tools we used in our rainbow noodles sensory bin

Our tool selection is a set of tongs and a scoop as well as a couple of recycled containers with lids. I started with pipe cleaners for threading and had more success with the skewers. (with lots of prompting from me…) These are all great tools for developing fine motor skills!

Exploring the bin

The first thing she did was sit down and try to thread but after that I haven’t seen her try again…

threading practice with a noodle and a pipe cleaner

Her containers and lids have probably gotten the most use. She is still working on being able to work the lid on her own but that’s the point of including them learning though play.

Scooping practice in the rainbow noodles

She seemed interested in the tongs I included but couldn’t get them to work unless I was doing hand over hand with her. She tried more than once to use them like a fork and then would get confused when the noodle didn’t come with.

rainbow of noodles

This is a super simple sensory bin that I am not too worried about monitoring her with as it’s easy to clean up and there are no choking hazards in it!

Bitty always gets excited to get her bin out but shortly after she tends to lose interest unless I’m sitting right there with her. So if you have any great ideas on how to have it keep her independent interest I am all ears, share them in the comments below!

Rainbow noodle sensory bin

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