In any event, my imagination frequently needs some focus and mom has found making "sensory bins" to be a big help. I loved the colored rice/bug one and always enjoy water beads. There are some seriously elaborate sensory bins out there, and mom is quite tempted, but we're pretty sure daddy is going to put the kibosh on her paypal account any day now. So we've been trying not to get too crazy.
We followed this tutorial to make some colored spaghetti, but weren't thrilled with the colors. Maybe it was the gel food coloring, but mom had a hard time getting the color to spread evenly over the spaghetti. It still looked pretty cool. We used oceanish colors (blue, green, and purple) and then divided the pasta up between our two sensory bins. Then we added in our Toob boats (one of the several Toob kits we have and which mom keeps put away so they are a novelty when we get them out again), some kitchen goods, and went to town. Cami was not interested. And I was interested, but far more interested in the Toob boats than the spaghetti. I did play for a while and was excited when I got to use both bins of spaghetti -- I even made a spaghetti waterfall onto the floor! But I think one of the things I like best about sensory bins is the scooping, filling, and spilling. And that didn't work very well with the spaghetti.
So now we have two boxes of cooked, colored spaghetti in the fridge. Mom suggested a spaghetti fight outside. Any other ideas!?
vegas was a big fan of my waterfall