Easy St.Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

I did this sensory bin on a whim because I was looking for something else in my pantry and came across 3 bags of fettuccine noodles. I don’t know why, I don’t even like fettuccine that much.

Usually this sort of bin is done using spaghetti noddles but I figured fettuccine was similar enough to give it a try!

I decided to dye the noodles green, in honour of St.Patrick’s Day , but you could dye them any colour!

For this activity you will need:

  • 1 package fettuccine (or spaghetti) noodles
  • Food colouring
  • Large ziploc bag
  • Strainer
  • Large bin

Start by cooking the noodles as directed on the package. After they are cooked, let them cool (or run under cold water if you are impatient like I was.)

Next, fill a large ziploc bag with half of the noodles. Add some water, and some food colouring.

Don’t be shy with the food colouring! I had to add more.

If you would like to do more than one colour, separate the noodles into a different bag for each colour.

After you’ve added the food colouring, close the bag up and mix! Shake, squish, flip upside down until all the noodles are covered.

Benjamin started but I finished mixing it up.

Once it is all mixed, place it back into the strainer to rinse the noodles off with water. This is important so that the dye doesn’t get on anything.

Place the noodles into a large bin once they have been rinsed and add extra stuff as desired! I used gold coins, and green beaded necklaces for the St.Patricks theme. I also added forks, spoons and popsicle sticks but you can pretty much add anything.

Nora wasn’t a fan of the texture of the noodles but she had fun playing with the beads.
Benjamin on the other hand…

What kind of sensory bin should we try next?



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