Spaghetti Sensory Tub And Paint Brushes

It was a fraught start to the morning with number three running down the stairs shouting that she had to dress up for maths day just as we were leaving the house; we called on super Nanny who rustled up a number hat that we grabbed on the way in!

Once this was all sorted we could get on with our planned craft day with number four and five.  I had seen some great paint brushes made from spaghetti a while ago and knew they would go down a treat.  They are a very simple concept that gave lots of fun.  Firsty grab a handful of spaghetti and tie around the top to secure the strands.  Next cook the pasta according to the instructions, take out of the water and leave to cool down and dry.  I then got some paper plates and put on three different colours and let number four loose to make his creation on a large piece of white paper.

I was going to let number five have a go but thought the temptation of the spaghetti would be to much to keep him from eating the paint; so I made some sensory tubs for him to play with safely.  Theses are also very simple to make.  Take a couple of handfuls of spaghetti and cook according to the instructions again, drain the pasta and split between two tubs.  To each tub add a couple of drops of colouring of your choice plus a drizzle of oil to stop it from sticking together.  Number five had great fun throwing this all over the place and I didn’t need to worry about him eating the paint!




There was a lot of clearing up of the kitchen as well as the children, but a great time was had by all.

What are your favourite messy day activities?


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