Spaghetti Mobiles - FamilyEducation

Spaghetti Mobiles

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book

Using glue dyed in different colors, your toddler can make a spaghetti mobile that you can hang from the ceiling.

If your child is likely to eat the glue-covered noodles, substitute corn syrup thinned with a little water for the glue. Many toddlers will enjoy just playing with warm spaghetti noodles on a highchair tray or tabletop.


  • White glue (or corn syrup)
  • Food coloring in 2-3 different colors
  • Containers for glue
  • Cooked spaghetti noodles
  • Styrofoam meat tray
  • Yarn or ribbon


  1. Decide how many colors of glue you want to make, and pour the glue into that many containers.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring to each glue container, using a different color for each container.
  3. Show your child how to dip the spaghetti, one piece at a time, into the colored glue, and lay it on the Styrofoam meat tray.
  4. Repeat, using different colors of glue, until your child tires of this activity.
  5. Let the noodles dry, then remove from the meat tray, tie on a piece of yarn or ribbon, and hang from the ceiling as a mobile.