I would like to share a 2009 idea I had published in The Mailbox called "Oodles of Noodles".
This large motor activity has proven to be fun and educational for preschoolers and older children alike. The idea came to me while I was in line at the Dollar Tree:) If it were possible for you to read my thought bubbles, they would have read... "those are bright and colorful"... "weatherproof and washable"... "but too long"..."hum, I wonder if I could cut them down?" "What could I use them for?".... and the list looked like this;
1.) Extra large outdoor string-ups. (Free-play)
2.) Building blocks. (You can cut these noodles at a variety of lengths)
3.) Patterning and Math. An example 'pattern' could consist of blue, yellow, green...blue yellow, green:) or by using a Sharpie, write numbers on several noodles and have them string up numerically. etc.
4.) Color recognition. Place a laundry basket full of multicolored, thin sliced noodles in the center of the rug and ask the children to string up only 'yellow' noodles, or just 'blue', etc.
...these were just a few examples of the activities that went through my head while standing in line at the Dollar Tree :) Can you think of more?
There is 'Oodles of fun' with Oodles of Noodles :) ENJOY
P.S. If you are wondering how to store Oodles of Noodles, the Dollar Tree usually sells laundry bags made from see-through netting material. This makes a perfect tote and storage for your Noodles:)
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