I have yet to meet a kiddo who doesn't love sensory play. We do sensory bins often with a cheap dishpan and anything we can think of: rice, sand, dried beans, crinkled paper shred, crumbled tissue paper, pom poms, you name it!
This time we decided to try something new: cooked noodles! We've done dried noodles before but this was definitely a different experience. I dyed the noodles in the pot while they were cooking with a little food coloring in the water. My boy chose orange!
After ten minutes and a bit of cold water to cool them down and keep them from sticking to each other, they were ready to play with!
These became hay for plastic animals, beds for dinosaurs, a hiding place for little snakes, and more things that I failed to fully follow. Needless to say, he was having a blast!
Sliding them through the funnel was definitely a favorite!
Then the inevitable toes squishing in the noodles happened. These did leave a bit of a film on his skin but it washed off super easily. My little four year old stayed outside with these orange noodles for two solid hours! Definitely a win in my book. We will definitely be doing this one again - maybe with a few different colors next time!
Have a fun day!
PS - this could definitely be done inside - it was NOT messy at all. A few noodles did manage to hop out of the box (as they will in the hands of a four year old) but it was really easy to just scoop them back up.