Today we are talking about pasta! This lowly, inexpensive, filler of a food can be transformed into something fantastic. Maybe not tasty, but definitely fun! This Valentine Pasta Sensory Bin was fun to make and the kids thought it was great fun to play in!

valentines day pasta sensory bin with dyed noodles

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Materials for the Valentine’s Day Pasta Sensory Bin

  • Pasta
  • Food Coloring
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Valentine’s Day Stickers
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Cupcake Liners
pasta sensory play

Separate the pasta into the 3 zip top bags. Pour several tablespoons of paint into each bag. (Confession: I actually attempted to dye this pasta using hand sanitizer and gel food coloring, but the color wasn’t sticking the way that I wanted it to, so I poured the paint in on top of that. So if your paint isn’t attaching to the pasta the way you want, you may want to add some hand sanitizer. I think it made it dry faster.)

You can either let it dry in the bag or spread it out on a foil lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie sheet and then set it in front of a space heater to dry quickly because I was very impatient.

Once the pasta is dry, layer it in the sensory bin. Add the embellishments such as foam hearts.

I attached the L.O.V.E. stickers to some of the foam hearts to add a little bit of reading fun to the sensory bin.

sensory play with dolls

Of course, no matter how fancy and pretty I make a sensory bin, my kids seem to believe that it is a new home for their Polly Pocket dolls.

pink and purple sensory play

The cupcake liners became pools and there was some snow boarding going on as well. I love how sensory bins can become an extension of play for kids. Many times our sensory bins have turned into bakeries and doll houses. In fact a couple weeks ago we did a snow bin that turned into a huge ‘bubble bath’ for the Polly Pockets.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. What kind of paint did you use? I like how your color turned out. I’ve never used paint but have used alcohol and food color

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