Fall in love with food by PLAYING with it! These activities include lots of original and irresistible sensory play ideas to engage the whole body. Better yet, they might even convert a dubious eater into a happy hands-on explorer of food!

Play With Your Pasta!

dry pasta in a jar


  • Large bin or tub
  • Dried spaghetti
  • Small bowls
  • Dried pasta of various shapes and sizes
  • Tongs/Forks/Chopsticks
small girl reaching into a big bin of wet spaghetti


  • Cook and cool the spaghetti.
  • Transfer your noodles to a bin or deep tray with a little bit of olive or canola oil.
two toddlers playing with wet spaghetti


  • Roll up your sleeves and play with the noodles however you see fit!
  • Extend the play by adding in your small bowls.
  • Try scooping, pinching, separating, and transferring your noodles. 
  • Serve up your dried pasta in order to examine, compare, and contrast the different textures.
  • If you are a sensory-sensitive child, we encourage the use of chopsticks, forks, and tongs as a way to get closer to the experience of wet noodles.

Play your way! What else can you do with these open-ended materials?

*Please consider reboiling your pasta when you are done, and serving it for dinner!

Why Play This Way?

Play with food to encourage a feeling of freedom and permissiveness around food. A life rich with a love of food includes tactile and sensory adventures, intimate family moments, scientific experimentation, and of course great health! So get messy, and play to build a familiarity with diverse foods that will inspire delight and joy in your whole family for years to come.

Better with a Book

At LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay!, we love to pair our play with a great book.

Food ​​& Sensory

Extension Activities

Choose your own adventure! Select any of the extension activities or resources below and see where your play takes you next. They all build on the same play theme to extend your learning in even more ways.

There is so much more to explore inside the PLAYROOM membership! Consider it your hangout for easy-peasy play-based learning at home.

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