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Because our "A for Acorns and Apples" bin was such a hit, I decided that the kids needed a bin just for Halloween. We picked up some cheap plastic spiders from the dollar section of Target and I knew they'd be perfect for some squishy spidery spaghetti fun!
sensory bins, I try to focus on things that we already have in our pantry and cabinets at home. My mom recently brought us 8 boxes of spaghetti (there must have been a sale) and since my kids aren't huge fans of spaghetti, I knew I was going to have to be creative to use it all up. It turned out to be the perfect sensory experience for my little guys! Dying the noodles was really easy! I simple cooked a box of spaghetti up according to the package directions and then put them in a large bowl. I used the Wilton Icing Colors to get bright colors. We used green and black because those were the colors I had in the cabinet that I thought would work for Halloween (obviously orange and purple would be good choices as well). Then, I just mixed in the food coloring and added a tablespoon or two of olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking and give them a fun, slippery feeling.
I added the noodles to a large 9"x13" Tupperware container and then hid our plastic spiders throughout.
We took the bin outside to save the kitchen from sticky spaghetti noodles and food dyes. I find I'm much calmer about messy sensory bins when they're done outside! The boys were both a little hesitant to stick their hands in the container so they used the tongs from their Scatterpillar Scramble Game. This game is awesome for fine motor skills. All my boys love it and we've used the tongs for almost all of our recent sensory bins!
We kept the bin in the refrigerator for a few days and played with it several times before finally tossing it. The kids had a great time with it and I'd say we definitely got our money's worth of that $.50 box of spaghetti.
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