Monday 14 January 2013

Things to do with spaghetti and kids

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Things to do with spaghetti and kids

So next up in our series of posts on 'Things to do with...' is spaghetti!  These are all easy to do activities for you and your kids with stuff you'll likely have around the house.  First up......

1 - Spaghetti Structures
The original idea for this came from Pinterest, but the link was spam and so I don't know the original source (apologies), but the idea is that you get dried spaghetti and playdough and make 3D structures from it.  This is how I set it up for Champ, he was not impressed and the results turned out much more like......

Things to do with spaghetti and playdough

2 - Spaghetti and playdough creations
This was something we got up to last year and yep, you've guessed it it's spaghetti in playdough you can check out the post here

Playing with spaghetti and playdough

3 - Cooked Spaghetti Sensory Play
This is a great activity as it's cooked spaghetti it's completely edible and so baby friendly.  There's heaps of similar posts around, but if you're looking for something different try this flavoured version from The Imagination Tree or this coloured version from Creatively Blooming.

Baby play with spaghetti

I gave the boys tongs and pots and a few small lids that I hid under the spaghetti.

Messy spaghetti play

It soon got messy, they pulled off their socks and wriggled their toes in it, then poured it on their heads.  I stopped things soon after as they were starting to descend into chaos, but it didn't take long to tidy as it was all on a tarpaulin. 

Messy spaghetti play

And yes, they did eat it too!

Baby spaghetti messy play

4 - Threading on spaghetti
The idea for this is based on threading Cheerios onto a strand of dried spaghetti like the ones I found on Sugar and Spice, but when I went to the cupboard I realised we'd run out of Cheerios!  So instead we threaded rainbow puffs onto dried spaghetti.  This was tricky so Hubby made holes in the puffs first.

Things to do with spaghetti

5 - Spaghetti Painting
Possibly my favourite post of 2012 and also possibly one of the messiest!  The boys loved spaghetti painting and I did too!  You can read how we painted with spaghetti here.

Spaghetti painting

6 - Spaghetti and Sausages
Now I don't normally encourage the boys to play with their food, but this was great fun.  I found this on Plum Pudding, it's super simple, you get hot dogs (we used mini ones) and you thread the spaghetti through it.

Things to do with spaghetti and kids

Even Little Dude gave this a go, whilst Bud made some crazy creations!

Things to do with spaghetti and kids

And, the boys enjoyed tucking in!

Things to do with spaghetti and kids

I hope you enjoyed this post!  If you liked this you might like to check out some of our other Things to do with..... How about foil, wrapping paperpumpkin, pinecones, plastic bags, chestnuts, more chestnuts, acorns, more acorns, carrots and odd socks.

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  1. I would never have thought of so many cool play ideas!

  2. Never thought of spaghetti in Play-Doh before... I can see how the cooked spaghetti play could turn messy -- but fun for the kids I'm sure!

  3. These are great ideas. We keep trying to get the kiddo to try spaghetti -- it was my first and favorite food as a baby, so it's strange to me to have to convince him -- and maybe some of these activities would help!

  4. What a great list of ideas! I've got spaghetti painting on my to-do list..I'm waiting to get braver about the inevitable big ol mess :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Sharing Saturdays!

  5. Oh, how fun! These are some really great ideas...we will definitely try some of them! Would love to invite you to our Share It Saturday link party. We have lots of great ideas submitted and yours would fit right in!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

  6. That is genius! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

  7. haha. These are great activities.

    I just realized that I like so many of your posts that I probably should just follow you, so now I am. Thanks for sharing at mom's library!

  8. Hi there, great post! Thanks for sharing it on Tuesday Tots. I've featured it on this week's TT. If you'd like to see it, it's here Look forward to seeing what you link up this week :)

  9. This is such a fun post!! We need to try the spaghetti painting for sure!

  10. I like the spaghetti play dough with the spidermen the best - looks fun!

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase.


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