Friday, June 11, 2010

Painting with Spaghetti: Oh, the Pastabilities!

This is a fabulous outdoor activity and a wonderful sensory experience for both children and playful adults.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
After you drain it, put it in a large bowl and add tempera paint to really coat the spaghetti plus extra.

Make several batches each a different color.

Cover a large wall with paper.  Its great if you cover the floor space as well, so you can reuse the spaghetti several times during the activity.

Put the bowls several feet away from the paper hanging on the wall.

Let the children reach in, grab a handful and fling it at the paper on the wall.  Some will stick and some will fall.  Its great to start while the spaghetti is still warm because it feels so good.

The spaghetti that falls can be reused.

Be prepared for spaghetti to really go flying-and by prepared I mean, relax and let it fly, it comes off and cleans up.  Just have fun with the children.

This activity is another great example of "a dirty kid is a happy kid" and the art work is actually quite stunning!

Having fun playing with your food. :)

19 comments:

  1. I've never seen this before and I love it! It makes me want to dig in for a handful and give it an almighty fling :) Definately storing this one away for our preschool.

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  2. I thought using pasta in art and craft work was no longer deemed suitable as it sends out the wrong message to families living below the breadline. You and I see a wonderful, fun art session, they see a waste of food.

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  3. Love it! We will definatley be trying this one - good art and craft for the bigger boys to get those frustrations out too!

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  4. Ananymous-You bring up a good point. You have to be aware of the make up of your group of children. If lack of food is an issue for children than I agree that it should not be used as an art material. Thank you for bringing this sensitive issue to our attention. I have painted with yarn, but not thrown it, it may work. :)Dana

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  5. I've never seen this before. Very creative.

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  6. These kids are having way too much fun! :)

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  7. Amazing, that looks like great fun. I want to get in and have a go myself.

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  8. LOVE IT!!! And Princess wants to have a go too! Wonder if we can do it for her birthday party in September, as it really looks like a "more the merrier" kind of activity!

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  9. eww, :) cold pasta always makes me gag, but kids would love it! I think I'd like to try it with wool/rope so I don't get too grossed out :)

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  10. this just looks awesome....we have been playing with dried pasta this week but bet this would go down a treat!

    quite jealous of your sunshine - its been raining here for days!

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  11. This is a lovely idea. Afterwards, the children may wish to put some of the used spaghetti on a piece of paper to watch it dry in the sun. It makes another nice piece of artwork.

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  12. What a great idea, I have never done spaghetti painting on quite this scale before!

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  13. Hmm... it certainly looks like fun and it's colourful, but a lovely idea? I disagree. As Early Childhood educators we have a genuine responsibility to teach children the importance and true value of food, not only from a nutritional aspect, but as a basic human necessity. It is a harsh reality that many families struggle to put food on the table and yet, here we are openly embracing and praising an "sensory art" experience that is essentially meaningless and disrespectful.

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    1. Really. I'm a Early Childhood educator and cant wait to do this activity with my kids. It is not disrespectful or meaningless. Its a great way to get kids to try something new.

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  14. What an awesome idea....I have never seen this done before..this is a great idea for a group activity..

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  15. this post and the responses are almost a year old, but i agree with the majority of posters that this is a cool idea. while some may be struggling with putting food on the table, i know i usually end up with pasta, rice, and/or dry beans that pass their expiration date before i get around to using them. what a fun way to put them to use (in art like this and in sensory bins) instead of tossing them in the garbage.

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  16. look ya'll my family is at times food insecure, but dang. a box of spaghetti is like 88 cents. i am not offended by this.

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  17. This looks SO fun!! We will be doing this soon!

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