Friday, August 7, 2009

Spaghetti Pictures

I own a nifty Tupperware spaghetti holder which measures either enough spaghetti for one serve or enough for two. No matter how many times I use it I never believe that the two serve measurement will be enough. It always looks too little an amount and I don't stop to think about the spaghetti expanding while cooking. So, I tend to cook more than is needed. The other night this prompted an art activity for Miss M. She created pictures from spaghetti.

Overnight I saved the leftover spaghetti (of course not covered in bolognaise sauce) in a snaplock bag. You can try this also.
Spaghetti Pictures

You will need...

Cooked spaghetti
Powder paint or food colouring - as many colours as you like
Pot to cook it in
Snaplock bag

You can colour the spaghetti one of two different ways.
  1. Boil the spaghetti in coloured water, using powder paint OR
  2. Cook the spaghetti first and let it sit in coloured water made from powder paint, just until the colour takes.

Strain the water out and put spaghetti into a bowl. Allow it to dry out a little.

Use the wriggly strings of spaghetti to make pictures on the paper. The spaghetti should stick well so you can be as creative as you like.

Obviously you won't be able to keep this spaghetti art for a long time to come or you may attract some hungry little crawly friends and it doesn't look so good the next day anyway. It is however an activity that provides lots of wriggly squiggly fun for kids as they give it a go.

It looks like we may be doing this activity again tomorrow as Daddy's yummy spaghetti is on the menu again. Maybe not, if I can trust my nifty spaghetti holder!

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