Happy Chinese New Year! This red and yellow spaghetti is perfect for the celebrations but this activity can, of course, be adapted for any season. Watch our video to see how to make rainbow spaghetti
How to adapt this activity for each age group:
Providing you make your coloured spaghetti with food dye and not paint, allow your baby to just explore. This will help them to develop the muscles in their hands and fingers needed to grasp and release. Sensory play helps babies to develop each of the 5 senses - taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight. This activity also builds nerve connections in the brain meaning they will be able to complete more complex learning tasks, later in childhood.
For toddlers you can either allow them to explore with their hands (or feet) or add cups so they have somewhere to transfer the spaghetti to. This helps with their ’transporting’ schematic play but also aids their memory, develops their motor control and encourages curiosity.
My favourite way to change this activity up for preschoolers is just by adding tools. Utensils are great, scissors are even better. Whilst improving those motor skills, our preschoolers are also developing language skills, learning through exploration and (hopefully) becoming calmer and more focused.
Depending on their age and stage, you could add chopsticks for school age children. This focused task improves body awareness or proprioception. This is how our brains communicate with our muscles and pressure points to gain an understanding of our body. Sensory play helps children to stimulate the vestibular system and improve their balance. You could even try pretending the spaghetti are shoelaces and teach them how to tie them.
How are you going to play? Let me know in the comments.
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