Cooked Pasta Play

A easy to set up messy activity suitable for and enjoyed by children of all ages.

You will need:

  • Cooked pasta
  • Tea set, containers
  • Or other toys
  • Sauce Pan or Bowl
  • Cooker or Microwave
  • Colander


Pour some water into the the pan or bowl and pour the pasta into the water. Either using a cooker or microwave cook the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked pour into a colander and hold under a cold water tap to cool the pasta, before the children play with it, alternatively leave to cool naturally.

Put some pasta onto the table or into an empty water tray for children to explore. Add toys to the pasta to add to their enjoyment and learning opportunities, such as tea sets, various shapes and sizes of containers, mega blocks or animals for example.

Older children can be involved in the cooking practice by helping to prepare the pasta before it is cooked. By doing this they can see and understand the changes in the pasta that occurs when it is cooked. They will also be able to use this activity as an opportunity to learn simple, early mathematical language, such as, empty, full, more and less.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Personal and Social development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Mathematical development

One thought on “Cooked Pasta Play

  1. I love this activity, usually use cooked spaghetti with food colouring (add while boiling) and add a little water to the tray as it makes the spaghetti/pasta lovely and slimy!

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