Looking for a creative way to challenge your Little Pnut’s fine motor skills? Try spaghetti threading! This is a fun activity that is easy to set up using items that you may already have in your pantry or craft closet!
What You Will Need
- A few uncooked spaghetti noodles
- Play dough
- Small items to thread onto the spaghetti – we have used pony beads, Cheerios, colored pasta, etc.
Set Up and Play
Form your play dough into a large ball or mound. Stick one end of your spaghetti noodles into the ball so you have a giant “porcupine.” Show your Little Pnut how to thread the small items onto the noodles one at a time.
Younger Little Pnuts may have more success if you substitute thin dowel rods for the noodles and use larger beads for threading. To make the activity more challenging, use multi-colored items for threading and turn it into a color-sorting exercise by assigning a different color to each noodle. Work on early math skills by drawing numbers out of a cup and having your Little Pnut thread the corresponding amount of items onto the spaghetti. For groups of Little Pnuts, make it into a game by using a timer and seeing how many items each player can thread onto the spaghetti in 60 seconds. The player with the most items is the winner! As always, we are proponents of learning through play, so if your Little Pnuts get bored with the structured activity, let them use the materials for free play – you might be surprised at what they can build with spaghetti and play dough!
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skill Development, Focus and Concentration, Sensory Exploration
—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, founder of www.two-daloo.com