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Spaghetti Worms

Spaghetti Fun

Coloured Spaghetti - at school we often have lots of fun with spaghetti… You can colour it or not - but its lovely to get your hands in to the slimy wormy spaghetti once its cooled. Try snipping it with scissors, or picking it up with tongs. Its quite hard to use chopsticks but if you have some at home maybe try using those to move your spaghetti from one container to another. You can keep your spaghetti for a few days, and enjoy the slimy wormy mess. Lovely fun!

 

Start by cooking your spaghetti as normal. Drain it, blitz it with cold water, add 1tbsp of vegetable oil and mix that in. This helps the spaghetti stay non-sticky and allows the food colouring to stick to it better. When it’s cool, add your choice of food colouring and mix in well until all of the spaghetti is covered.

This can be played with straight away or you can cover it with cling film and keep in the fridge until you would like your children to play with it. Add bowls, spoons and any plastic animals to create even more interest and longevity to playtime. Depending on what has been added to the spaghetti, you could cover it up and use it again within a couple of days for more fun!

 

Add water if the worms become too dry or sticky

 

  • Lots of squeezing, squishing and manipulating fun exploring the textures of the wet, slimy spaghetti worms.
  • Sensory play is a great opportunity for kids to explore language and use descriptive words. Words to describe what they are experiencing, their senses and what they are feeling; slippery, slimy, soft, squishy and sticky.
  • Problem solving and overcoming challenges.
  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning.
  • Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
  • Language development – experimenting with language and descriptive words. Also counting out loud.
  • Encourages imagination and creative play.
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