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Building With Spaghetti


Decide what shapes and designs that you want
participants to build.  Some examples are:
  • Triangle
  • Square
  • House
  • Sun
  • Box
  • Tower
  • Pyramid

Building these examples first yourself, as practice,
maybe a good idea.

Triangles are easier to build a tall structure with.

Materials needed:

  • Spaghetti (toothpicks)
  • Gumdrops
  • Flat surface (picnic table)
  • Tablecloth
  • Creativity!

Steps to follow:

  1. Spread the tablecloth on the picnic table.
  2. Set out full-length spaghetti noodles and gumdrops in small bowls.
  3. Have the participant break the spaghetti noodles in half.
  4. Using the spaghetti noodles, show participant how to build a simple shape,
    carefully show them how to poke the spaghetti noodles into the middle of the
    gumdrops.  Then ask them to imitate you.  Help them when necessary.
  5. If the simple shape is completed without any problems, increase the challenge by
    building a more difficult shape.
  6. For fun, allow the resident and yourself to munch on the gumdrops as you go, as
    a sort of reward.
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