This afternoons messy play was this wonderful slimy feeling spaghetti and a selection of small mini beast toys to make a wonderful sensory bin for the Little Tots. Sensory bins are a great way to contain messy play as well as encourage lots of imaginative play and this one was a big hit.

minibeast sensory play

This is the first time we’ve used cooked spaghetti in sensory play and I have to admit it felt disgusting! This is definitely a sensory bin that I was happy to sit next to them and play rather than join in myself.

You will need:

  • Cooked spaghetti
  • Green food colouring
  • oil


  • Add a few drops of food colouring to the spaghetti until you get the desired colour.
  • Add a teaspoon of oil and mix.
  • Leave to dry and then added to a sensory bin.

Minibeast sensory bin

Not sure if it was just the thought of cold spaghetti but the two Little Tots (18m and 23m) who played with this didn’t seem to mind at all. They had great fun getting their hands stuck into and discovering all the hidden bugs. We covered them up and hid them again and again. Of course they both had to try it to see what it tastes like but soon went back to playing with it rather than eating it.

Minibeast sensory bin

When we were finished I stored in a zip lock back but it was already a bit smelly by the next day so we didn’t use it again. This was so simple and a good way to use up any left over cooked spaghetti (I always seem to make to much!).

mini beast sensory play

Activity Extension Ideas:

We’re loving Minibeasts at the moment and a some ways we might further extend this activity might be:

  • Make some mini beasts out of paper plates 
  • Play with some mud themed play dough with minibeasts
  • Go on a minibeast hunt in the garden or on a walk
  • Build a hotel for minibeasts in the garden using sticks, stones, leaves etc.
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