Pasta Play

If you are looking for simple play activity ideas for your baby, toddler or preschooler it doesn't get much simpler than playing with dried pasta and spaghetti.  Pasta play keeps little children busy as well as working on their fine motor skills.  It makes very little mess and can be tidied away again quickly. This has made it one of our go to activities.

Pasta play. Simple play activities for babies toddlers and preschoolers. Use dried pasta/ spaghetti to work on fine motor skills.

Looking for more simple toddler activities? Make some sensory bags following our simple instructions, make some taste safe ice paints or do some mess free painting in a freezer bag. 

For this simple pasta play activity you will need:

  • Pasta (including spaghetti)
  • Cups/ pots/ pans / spoons (whatever you have available)
  • Colendar 

We usually play with our pasta in our large tuff tray (UK affiliate link) to make tidying up even easier.

Playing with pasta

Posting spaghetti through a colendar is brilliant for toddlers fine motor and concentration skills. Daisy (21 months) will spend ages trying to post the spaghetti through the holes. 

toddler play activities with pasta

She loves seeing the pasta snap when she pushes it too far. 

pasta play for toddlers and preschoolers

Even Harry (aged 4) likes to join in!

simple play activities with pasta and spaghetti  for toddlers and preschooler.

Fine motor skills activities for toddlers and preschoolers using spaghetti

Dried pasta is also brilliant for developing children's imaginative play. Harry and Daisy love playing together making tea for their teddies.  They mix the pastas up in the pans and share it out amongst their teddies and dolls. 

Playing with pasta and spaghetti for toddlers and preschoolers

Harry is really imaginative and often makes all kinds of weird and wonderful recipes!

Imaginative play with pasta and spaghetti for kids.

It is good to have a variety of pasta.  Toddlers can explore and investigate the size and texture of the different pieces of pasta and preschoolers may enjoy sorting the pasta into containers by type. 

Pasta play -  Simple play activity ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Use pasta and spaghetti to work on fine motor skills.
Daisy - 21 months
Harry - age 4 

You might also like to take the pasta and cheerio tower challenge.

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