I cooked a small pot of spaghetti and drained it and tossed it in a couple of teaspoons of oil. I divided it into 5 bowls and added a some liquid food colouring to each one, and stirred it through.
Then the girls helped me tip it into one of our TubTrugs in the garden and Cakie fetched all of the magnetic letters from the fridge and put them in too.
They had a great time digging through with forks, picking out letters and looking for “treasures.”
Then of course it was all about investigating with the hands, and later the feet too! C just loved to hold it up high, let it squish and slide between her fingers, then drop it all again. She also loved flinging it all over the place (a new favourite pass-time…hmmmm.)
Extend the Learning:
- You could get your child to throw the spaghetti onto some large sheets of paper and make spaghetti prints!
- Add some strawberry or peppermint flavouring to increase the sensory play element.
- Change the letters for numbers and ask your child to find them and put them in order from 1-10.
- Ask them to find letters from their name or to spell out small, 3 letter words.
- Hide bugs/ animals and play hide and seek for animals on a list
- Sensory: exploring materials using all of the senses
- Literacy: descriptive vocabulary development eg slimy/ slippery/ squishy, identifying letters, finding initial letters from own name
- Maths: discussing quantities and capacity, looking for numbers (if replacing the letters), counting
- PHSE: playing independently, discovering new feelings and sensations, expressing likes and dislikes
- Motor Skills: developing small muscles through gripping, squishing, mixing, picking out individual spaghetti strands etc
- Creative: Exploring colours and colour mixing, creating games and story-lines, sustained role-play