Halloween is a couple of days away and I bloody love any excuse to theme shit out. We did this a month or so ago as part of sensory play and trying to help her work on the slimy texture side of things and she had so much fun, she asked to do it again.
I’m not sure if it was the activity itself or being able to throw some “worms” around the place garden but I am captain fun tights (because they’re more comfortable than real pants) and I’ll never say no when it comes to fun and hearing her laugh!
There really isn’t too much to this but it’s one that will keep them amused for hours, days even because the worms will last for up to a week in the fridge (you are welcome!). It’s also a two birds, one stone kind of activity as not only does it cover the sensory aspect of play but you’re also adding in some fine motor skills practicing by getting them to pick up the bugs one by one with a peg or pair of tongs.
What you’ll need
– dry spaghetti
– olive oil or coconut oil
– food colouring (i used purple, green and pink)
– plastic creatures- bugs, animals or dinosaurs, whatever you wish
– a peg or tongs for picking up the bugs
– tray or plate for playing
– air tight container for storage
What to do
– Bring a pot of water to the boil, pop in dash of coconut or olive oil (this stops the pasta from sticking) and cook the spaghetti as per the instructions. Drain and set aside to cool.
– If you don’t want to get your hands covered in food dye, whack on a pair of rubber gloves, add in your food colours and give the pasta a good stir to coat.
– Pop your worms in an airtight container and into the fridge they go overnight to let the colour set. Before you use them, give them a rinse under water to wash off any excess colour.
– Tip them into the tray, add a bit of water to make them slimy, mix in the creatures and let them at it!
Iz loves to use a peg or tongs (depends on which one we can find first) to pick up the bugs and pop them into a little bucket but let your kids go wild! Get them to smoosh their hands in, wrap it around their fingers, their toes, dig for the bugs and maybe throw some spaghetti around the place. I suggest doing the last part outside or you’ll be finding dried spaghetti all over the show for days- hours of fun for all!