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How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti

Learn How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti for sensory bin play! This taste safe activity is great for toddlers, preschoolers and school aged kids. 

spaghetti in a baking sheet displayed like a rainbow.

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rainbow spaghetti mixed in a white sensory bin.

We love cooked pasta sensory play at our house! Hazel is a big fan. 

Awhile back, I shared a post about pasta play with silicone cupcake liners. We just used plain cooked pasta for this activity, but today's rainbow pasta was an even bigger hit.

This pasta is easy to color and perfect for play any time of the day. 

You can talk about colors, count the spaghetti, make small rainbows with each color of the spaghetti strands, talk about how rainbows are made and so much more!

Add some silicone cupcake liners to your bin for sorting, pouring and scooping. Add some tongs or scissors for motor skill building. The possibilities for creative play are endless.

We also make some rainbow themed snacks and read some rainbow themed books to go along with the rainbow spaghetti play.

Keep scrolling for tips, process photos, additional rainbow themed food, activities and more!

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What supplies do you need?

supply photo for making rainbow spaghetti.

How to make:

How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti process photo collage.

How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti process photo collage.

Scroll down for measurements, instructions and printing!

Helpful tips:

  • Since using olive oil, these will have a slightly oily texture when handling. Use an apron or have a set of paper towels nearby for the child to wipe hands on after handling. Wash hands after use.

rainbow spaghetti in ziploc bags.

More rainbow foods and activities you may like:

Rainbow themed books to pair with this activity:

rainbow spaghetti in a baking dish with a child's hand playing.

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

spaghetti mixed on baking sheet with a childs hand.

How to Make Rainbow Spaghetti

Author: Sweet Hazel Honey


  • 1 box of spaghetti noodles
  • pot
  • water 
  • colander 
  • olive oil 
  • baking sheet
  • liquid food coloring (rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • 6 plastic zipper sandwich bags
  • sensory bin


  1. Cook the spaghetti to al dente according to the directions on the packaging. Drain using a colander.
  2. After cooking and to prevent the spaghetti from sticking, use a small amount of olive oil and mix around the noodles. Do not use too much or it may be too oily. You can start out with a few drops at a time. (This will help the noodles move about freely in the child’s hands during sensory play vs. it clumping into a sticky, giant mess!)
  3. Place the spaghetti noodles on a baking sheet and allow the noodles to cool down completely.
  4. Once the noodles are cooled down, separate the noodles equally into the sandwich bags.
  5. Squirt food coloring into each bag. You’ll be using about 20+ drops of food coloring for each bag to color well.
  6. Close the bag well and gently shake the bag around to color the noodles. If you notice that some of the noodles aren’t colored well, you can add more drops of food coloring.
  7. When the noodles are colored completely, transfer to the baking sheet to help the noodles dry a bit.
  8. Leave them in the baking sheet displayed as a rainbow for sensory play or transfer to a sensory bin.
  9. Invite the child to explore the rainbow spaghetti as a sensory activity, mixing the colors together.


Since using olive oil, these will have a slightly oily texture when handling. Use an apron or have a set of paper towels nearby for the child to wipe hands on after handling. Wash hands after use.
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spaghetti displayed as a rainbow in a baking sheet with title text overlay.

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