I have a feeling I know what’s for dinner tonight! Spaghetti! Why? Because today is National Spaghetti day!
This long, thin pasta is made of milled wheat and water. Some theories state explorer Marco Polo brought Spaghetti from China but it is most likely that pasta was created in Sicily much before Marco Polo’s time!
The name Spaghetti comes from the Italian word spago which means thin string or twine.
If you would like to read some books about Spaghetti Day here are my recommendations:
This is a “Math” book that gets kids thinking about area and perimeter.
This fun “I can Read” level 2 reader is about eating too much spaghetti!
You can try to make your own spaghetti – there are plenty of recipes online.
You can also create some fun art with Spaghetti by gluing it to paper in abstract ways. If you are really ambitious, you can color the spaghetti first.
It’s easy – I recommend reading through the directions first before beginning so you are familiar with the process, but anyone can dye pasta !
Here is what you need:
2 gallon freezer bags (one for each color you want to make)
Dry spaghetti (works with other pasta too!)
Food color drops like these:
Parchment paper (or equivalent)
Cookie sheets for drying spaghetti
- Put the dry spaghetti into a large zip top bag. I use the 2 gallon size but they can be hard to find. Gallon size does work. Use a separate bag for each color you want to make.
- Add one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to your first bag and zip the top closed securely. Rub the spaghetti (or other pasta if doing so another day) and the rubbing alcohol around in the bag to evenly distribute the alcohol. This should take about 1-2 minutes. It’s fun for kids to do, being careful not to break too much 🙂
- Repeat for each bag of spaghetti/pasta you have.
- Now go back to your first bag and add 10-20 drops of food coloring depending on how vivid you want the colors. Seal the bag nice and tight and roll the bag around to evenly distribute the color. Remember, this is fun, creative and ART – it does not have to be perfect.
- Repeat for each bag/color you want. If you would like to get scientific you can do a little bit of color mixing and add drops from different bottles and see what happens….
- Let your spaghetti sit in the color bags for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the spaghetti from the bags and let it air dry. Overnight is best but if you spread it out flat* it will dry faster.
Now you are ready to create!
*NOTE: The spaghetti/pasta is still wet and as such can get food coloring on your hands when you transfer it to the cookie sheets for drying. You may want to wear disposable gloves, or just go for it. I did not include these in the list of needed items.
I hope Spaghetti Day is delicious fun for you and your learners!
I hope to see you next time for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!
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