Pasta Sensory Play Activity

This Pasta Sensory Play Activity is cheap, taste safe, simple and provides hours of play. Such a great motor skills and edible sensory experience.


childs hand playing with pasta in a bowl.


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child dumping pasta from one bowl to another.


A few days ago I was cooking some angel hair pasta for my oldest daughter and gave Hazel a small bowl to try while she was playing at the kitchen counter.

She decided she didn't like the taste of the plain pasta, but instead started to divide it between the silicone cupcake liners, we were practicing colors and counting with a few minutes before.

Hazel's great idea turned into over an hour of fun and cheap sensory play.

She had an absolute blast and by the end of her play, I was picking up sticky noodles that were flung everywhere, but it was totally worth it.

What's great about this sensory activity, is that it's taste safe! As long as your kiddo is eating solids, this would be safe for them with supervision.

This activity explores touch and it's so great for motor skill building. If you use angel hair pasta like we did, make sure it's cooked to al dente and it will be easy for their little fingers to grab without the pasta breaking apart.


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What supplies do you need?


angel hair pasta box, bowls and cooked pasta.



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Helpful tips:


  • turn this into a counting activity by counting each piece of pasta
  • practice dumping the pasta back and forth from bowl to bowl
  • divide the pasta between each bowl
  • talk about the taste and texture of the plain pasta

child dumping pasta from one bowl to another.


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Try these fun additions or substitutions:


  • add some plastic forks to scoop the pasta
  • add some tongs to grab the pasta
  • add pasta to a bigger bowl and let the older kids cut it with scissors
  • add other fun toys you may have at home


child grabbing pasta from one bowl to another.


I hope you enjoy this activity as much as our family did!


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