Kids can float among the clouds and touch a colorful rainbow with this awesome Rainbow Noodles and Fluffy Clouds sensory activity. It’s perfect for spring, learning about weather, or having some St. Patrick’s Day fun with the kids. I have to admit the kids were having so much fun that I had to join in. From personal experience I can tell you the “clouds” feel so silky smooth and the rainbow strands feel cold and soft… that your hands wont want to stop exploring this sensory bin.
Little Tiger and Little Dragon loved everything about this colorful noodle activity. At one point I’m pretty sure someones foot ended up in the rainbow noodles too, lol…someone wanted to walk on clouds :).
We really love rainbow sensory play activities and seem to do them over and over again like our Rainbow Rice and Rainbow Sensory Bead activity.
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A Rainbow of My OwnThe Rainbow BookPlanting a RainbowMy Color Is Rainbow
Rainbow and Clouds Sensory Play Activity for Kids
Bowls or Sensory Tray
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Barbasol Shaving CreamBarilla Gluten Free PastaFood coloring: Assorted and NeonInflatable Sensory TrayWaterproof Smock
To make the rainbow noodles cook noodles in boiling water, drain the water, divide into bowls, add food coloring and stir noodles until they reach the color you want. I let our noodles set overnight in the fridge and then in the morning I rinsed them with water to remove any extra food coloring.
Squirt shaving cream in the sensory bin and add rainbow noodles on the top. You may want to prepare for some mess before letting the kids play but don’t worry it really is an easy activity to cleanup afterwards. Since the noodles are dyed before the activity, the messiest thing to clean up is shaving cream which washes off with water. I laid down a Plastic Tablecloth-affiliate link on the floor and one on the activity table and put the kids in their painting smocks-affiliate link. When the activity was done I wrapped it all up and threw them in the garbage. I could have washed them off with water but we have used them a lot and it was time for them to go.
After the kids had explored the noodles and shaving cream thoroughly I added some little cooking utensils-affiliate link for the kids to stir their noodles with. At this point Little Tiger started building with her noodles because the shaving cream was holding them together so well. We had tasty rainbow cakes and cupcakes. Little Tiger just kept exclaiming how fun this activity was, “This is so cool mom!” At one point he was standing on his chair because he was so happy.
Be prepared to promptly usher kids to the sink when they are done playing. This is what Little Dragon looked like when he was done–notice the smile from ear to ear. When both kids were done playing I emptied their sensory bins into my kitchen strainer and rinsed the noodles off. I stuck them in an air tight container and put them in the fridge.
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Thanks for playing with us today. If you enjoyed this idea please pin & share it with others so they can enjoy it too! Love, Katie & the Kiddos
(originally published: 2/29/2016, updated: 2/13/2017)
Oh gosh! I adore this! it looks awesome! Pinned to our Rainbow board and will share on Facebook too 🙂
Hi Becky, Thanks so much for the comment <3 and the share you are so sweet!
Wow – such vibrant spaghetti. I love that last photo. I wish my son loved messy play that much!
Thank you for linking up to #ToddlerFunFriday
Thanks! The last photo makes me smile every time I see it. I wasn’t planning on them getting so into this activity–and I really mean “in” because at times it looked like they were trying to crawl inside the bucket one arm at a time, lol. It certainly didn’t have to be this messy but I just let them go at it and have fun.
So much fun! I will definitely be trying this with my little girl 🙂
Hi Michelle, Thanks so much and I hope she likes it!