Pasta Theme

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  1. msaly

    msaly Comrade

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    We have the theme "pastabilities" coming up and I need some art ideas. I have pasta necklaces and painting with spaghetti. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Tasha

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    Sort and/or graph the colors of pasta from a handful of tricolor pasta. It depends on how much of this you do as to how much pasta to give them. You can have sorting as a center where they just separate the pasta or do a teacher led activity graphing how many pieces you have of each color. You could do the graph with small groups if you meet with small groups during centers. You can also dye pasta with alcohol and food coloring. Then you could make rainbows or leave it open-ended.
     
  4. Xtine

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    Here's some stuff from my file:

    Books:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs -
    Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti - Anna Grossnickle Hines
    Strega Nona - Tomie DePaola
    On Top of Spaghetti - Tom Glazer
    Is the Spaghetti Ready - Frank B. Edwards/John Bianchi
    Catfish and Spaghetti - Marcia S. Freeman
    Nettie's Spaghetti - Roz Rosenbluth
    Orange Blobs, Yellow Fluff, and Green Spaghetti - Louise Harris
    Spaghetti Party - Doris Orgel
    More Spaghetti I Say - Rita Golden Gelmen
    Spaghetti Party - Doris Orgel
    Spaghetti and Meatballs for All: A Mathematical Story - Marilyn Burns

    Poems/Songs:
    On Top of Spaghetti
    Make appropriate finger and body actions for the words, and don't leave out a real, live sneeze.
    On top of spaghetti,
    All covered with cheese.
    I lost my poor meatball,
    When somebody sneezed.

    It rolled off the table,
    And onto the floor.
    And then my poor meatball,
    Rolled out of the door.

    It rolled in the garden,
    And under a bush.
    And then my poor meatball,
    Was nothing but mush.

    The mush was as tasty
    As tasty could be,
    And early next summer
    It grew into a tree.

    The tree was all covered
    With beautiful moss;
    It grew lovely meatballs
    And tomato sauce.

    So if you eat spaghetti,
    All covered with cheese,
    Hold on to your meatballs
    And don't ever sneeze.

    Noodles In My Soup (Tune of If You’re Happy & You Know It)
    There are noodles, noodles, noodles in my soup
    there are noodles, noodles, noodles in my soup
    there are oodles, oodles, oodles
    of the most delicious noodles
    there are noodles, noodles, noodles in my soup
    There are noodles, noodles, noodles in my spaghetti
    there are noodles, noodles, noodles in my spaghetti
    there are oodles, oodles, oodles
    of the most delicious noodles
    there are noodles, noodles, noodles in my spaghetti

    http://ilovepasta.org/

    Strega Nona:
    Use a large stockpot and 2 skeins of yarn that are totally unraveled. Then stuff the yarn tightly in the pot and then as you tell the story shake the pot and the yarn will start to pour out over the sides.

    Spaghetti Art:
    Cook a large quantity of spaghetti and divide into six bowls. Add different color food coloring to each bowl and mix well. Let the children use the noodles to create art on a paper plate. The gluten in the pasta will make it stick to the plate without glue.

    Pasta Collages:
    Set out a variety of colored pasta and allow the children to create pictures with the different shapes and colors. Or give the child a plate of air-dry playdough and have them press the pasta into the playdough and let it dry. You can push a candle in the center for a nice candleholder when the playdough is still soft.

    Homemade Pasta:
    1 C. flour
    1 egg
    1 T. water
    Mound the flour on a work surface and make a deep volcano. Break the egg into the volcano and add water. Beat the egg and the water lightly with a fork, being careful not to break down the volcano walls. Begin to draw in flour from the inner sides of the volcano. Continue to blend in flour until the dough becomes stiff. Eventually using your hands knead the dough until smooth and stiff. Refrigerate for about 1 hour for easier handling when rolling and cutting. To shape the dough, either use a pasta maker or roll out with a rolling pin until very thin. Cut into noodles and then drop into boiling water for 2-3 minutes.

    Spaghetti Feed:
    Make a batch of spaghetti and eat, eat, eat!

    Pasta Matching:
    Draw different shapes of pasta on cards, match actual pasta to picture

    Dancing Spaghetti:
    Fill a tall jar with ginger ale, of water and baking soda add 2-3 inch pieces of spaghetti and watch as the bubbles lift the noodles to the surface. When they reach the surface the bubbles break and the noodles sink again. Fascinating to watch.

    Pasta Jewelry:
    Buy a variety of pasta with holes. Either let the children string necklaces and then water color them, or color the pasta before hand and let them create jewelry. Emphasize patterns while the are creating.

    Spaghetti Mobiles:
    Cook spaghetti, drain and cool. Pour glue in shallow containers and add food coloring. Dip spaghetti, one at a time, into colored glue and lay on Styrofoam trays. Arrange noodles any way they want. Let try, add string to hang.
     
  5. carlea

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    Wow - I don't think I have much to add after Xtine - those are great ideas!
    One of our teachers did the butterfly life cycle with pasta - a piece of rice for the egg, short piece of spaghetti or linguini for the caterpillar, shell for the cocoon, and farfalle for the butterfly.
     
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    Fine idea!
     
  7. Xtine

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    Rotini makes an excellent caterpillar when dyed green!
     

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