We spent almost all of our last day outside. Luckily the rain stopped so we could do our spaghetti painting outside. I have done this activity inside before by plastering the wall, floor and ceiling with large art paper, but outside is much easier.
Of course, my camera died right as the activity began, but one of the parents had a video camera and posted this video of the experience.
This was a family picnic day which is why you see so many adults standing around and hear so much chatting.
To do this:
simply boil a box of spaghetti
put it into a large bowl
add about 2 cups tempera paint-we used glitter paint-very festive
mix and put out for the children
Just make sure it has cooled down enough to prevent any injuries.
Its great to feel it warm and fresh, but not hot.
I used 4 pounds and made each pound a different color.
We lined our large outdoor easels with paper and let them have a go! We even had many parents trying it.
Once they've used the spaghetti in the bowls, they can scoop it from the ground and give it another toss.
Ours even made it into the outdoor kitchen and became add ins to the cooking going on there. Mud pie- spaghetti salad anyone?
Now to prevent any extra visitors from the animal families around the school, we did rake up all of the spaghetti at the end of the activity.
I do know there is controversy about using food in art projects. I have posted about this activity before and have read and responded to the comments about this practice. I respect the various opinions on this topic.
Our population does not have issues with lack of food and for 99 cents, a box of spaghetti is an affordable art medium providing a unique sensory experience.