Play Dough Noodle Threading Activity

Playdough is still Henry’s favorite go-to activity.

In need of new ideas for activities, I posted a discussion on the we teach : bodies to move board to link up your favorite fine motor skills activity. Nicole [The Activity Mom] linked up her Spaghetti Noodle Lacing activity that caught my eye.

To start, I made a few playdough balls and lined them up in a row.
Mentioning the pattern [yellow-green-yellow] as I went along.

I asked along the way, ‘What color of playdough comes next? Sometimes Henry guessed right, but it was just a guess.

Next came the dry spaghetti noodles. Henry carefully lined them up without breaking them. Using cheerios and hollow noodles, Henry threaded the spaghetti with a tower of treats!

Another chance for a pattern lesson [noodle-cheerio-noodle].

The patterning hasn’t caught on, just more exposure to it.

Eventually, the noodles were plowed over with Henry’s tractor. This proved to be the most fun!

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  1. Deborah says

    I love how you can put the short pasta right over the spaghetti. This is a terrific fine motor and play idea!

  2. Jackie H. says

    What an awesome idea. I love that it not only practices those fine motor finger movements but it also exercises those shoulder muscles as he reaches up to put on the noodles/cheerios. We're having spag. for supper tonight. Guess what the 3 yo will be doing while I cook?

  3. The Activity Mom says

    Thanks for the link =). Love the patterning along with the fine motor skills! The tractor made me smile. =)

  4. OneMommy says

    Oh I like it! My daughter needs to start threading things and with Cheerios at least if they get eaten by the dog her baby brother it will be okay!

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