Edible sensory play: Ooey gooey worms!

We’ve been doing a sensory bin for every letter of the alphabet.  Letter W gave us so many possibilities: water… water beads… worms!   I went with the last option.  We put together some pasta and pudding for some edible sensory play.


If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I don’t do enough sensory play.  And we definitely don’t do enough messy sensory play.  Truthfully, I just don’t have the tolerance for it! But I know that it’s so important for kids to get messy and experience different textures.  This was a chance for us to do just that.

First I tried to make some jello worms that I found on Pinterest.  That was a failure.  Probably because I never make jello and didn’t get that right.  I think the problem was that I waited too long after the jello mixture cooled before pouring it into the plastic straws.  It was starting to get solid.


The kids were disappointed, since this was the first time they were going to get to have jello. At least at our house.

Linguine to the rescue!

I cooked up a batch and made two packs of chocolate pudding — another thing I’ve never made.  Oh, my kids were happy today!


Here was the invitation to play.  My One was tentative.


 But his older siblings dug right in!


All that ooey gooey goodness… much more pleasant than digging your hands into real mud and worms.  (At least in my opinion. The other day my Four brought me a can of worms he had dug up from our flower bed.  As I “admired” them I reminded him that worms don’t belong in the kitchen!)


My Four enjoyed taking big handfuls and dropping them in satisfying schlopps.   Meanwhile my Three was scooping as much pudding into his mouth as he could.

Until I said, “No more.”

My poor, pudding-deprived children.

Looking for more ideas for messy play?  Check out this post from Learn Play Imagine.  You’ll find links to 200 ideas!

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  1. says

    haha! I love this! I will have to do this with our kids this week. :) We are will have a blast trying this! :)
    Becky @ Your Modern Family

  2. says

    Love this! My oldest would be having a field day!
    My youngest would be a lot more tentative…. He doesn’t like things that feel different. Or to get messy. But, he might just get into this one once he sees big sis, and figures out it’s pudding….

  3. says

    I *love* this!! It looks so fun and perfect my little friends that try to taste everything, lol! I’m featuring this on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page too–thanks for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!!

  4. says

    Hi Anna! I’m just stopping by to let you know that this was the most clicked on post at Teach Me Tuesday last week!! Congratulations!!

  5. says

    ooh – how cool is that! My kids would love this!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us =) Hope to see you linked up again today. I featured this on TGIF today.

    Have a great weekend,


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