Edible Art: Sensory Play Paint with Spaghetti with Toddlers and Preschoolers

From our Sensory Play Messy Class for Preschoolers and Toddlers: Worm Painting with Spaghetti and Edible Paint Art

Sensory Play is a great way to help preschoolers learn. It also helps with disorders of the Autism spectrum when the child is allowed to explore the subject matter on their own without being pushed. This activity is messy, squishy, fun, and even edible! Enjoy!

Sensory Spaghetti game for kids and preschoolers.
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Spaghetti Painting or Worm painting
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Sensory Play Edible Art Painting with Spaghetti for Preschool and Toddlers

Spaghetti Painting for Edible Art and Sensory Play.
Spaghetti Painting for Edible Art and Sensory Play feels like worms.

How to Make Spaghetti for Sensory Paint Play

  • Cook up a batch of Spaghetti
  • Strain it and pat it dry
  • Mix some Edible Paint (Vanilla Pudding Paint with Gel food coloring works best with the Noodles but you can also try kool-aid paint and  milk paint for other projects.)
  • Prepare to get Messy!
  • Swirl the Spaghetti in the paint, then onto your paper.
Since most in the class are toddlers, I paraphrase the words to get thru it quickly, paying a lot of attention to the photos and asking, "What is that?".  We paired this with the Children's Book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Next, I gave each child a spaghetti noodle to study. Then, we stood up pretending we were squigly spaghetti noodles. Oops, spaghetti can't stand up, so we fell to the floor and squirmed like worms. We finished up with a game of Duck, Duck, Goose but why not try Worm, Worm, Catepillar?

Painting was a huge success. The sticky spaghetti is so fun, enjoy!

Recommended Reading:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Worm Birthday Party Favors

Healthy Spaghetti Recipe

Worm Birthday Party Activity
Lora Langston
Lora Langston

Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.


  1. My kids would love this! Going to pin it so I don't forget.

    Thanks for stopping by Reading Confetti!

  2. This looks like wonderfully messy fun! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  3. This is great fun. I generally avoid using food for crafts. I justified this craft for pre-schoolers by OOPS! I made too much. Interesting when I taught foreign children, I was very hard for them to make a mess.I love messy tactile activities.
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a great book to coordinate with this project. Malika

  4. Oh... I probably shouldn't waste food but this way those kids with special needs or the very young can ingest without worries. We love edible art, we don't always waste it, many times we make it to eat! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :-)

  5. Love this idea! Have a child on the Autism spectrum so love the 'sensory' aspect of this as well as the 'fun'! Great blog - happily now a new follower!



  6. Such a good idea! My kids would like:) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks like great fun! My granddaughter loves to paint. She would love this.

  8. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

  9. Edible paint! Love it!!!! :) I am always finding messy activities for fun play at home. Sometimes with play therapy clients, too, but I have less time to clean up at work. :)


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