Dry Pasta Play

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

You will need:

  • Dry pasta
  • Tea set, containers
  • Or other toys


Pour 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 use this activity as an opportunity to learn simple, early mathematical language, such as, empty, full, more and less. They can also learn about the process of cooking, where the pasta is dry and hard before it is cooked. You could then cook some of the pasta for them as a comparison.

Areas of learning covered:

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

2 thoughts on “Dry Pasta Play

  1. will be very pleased to recieve new nursery activities to improve and share with my nursey group of children ages 6mths to 4years old. love to hear from you soon.

  2. This activity is especially good for older children usuing lentils and small cups and spoons. Poured into a cup the children then have to pour and scoop the lentils or transfer them into larger and smaller jugs using a spoon. Great for fine motor skills, hand-eye co ordination and pre writing skills

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