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Green Spaghetti
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Type: Recipes   Skills: Health & SafetyLanguage & Literacy
Making green spaghetti is really just making pasta with pesto sauce. Not only is it nutritious, but kids really enjoy making it. It’s a great activity because all kids can participate, even those with developmental delays. It involves picking basil leaves, crushing garlic, stirring and finally, eating. Which all kids can do! Green Spaghetti
What We Learn
Social Cooperation
Early literacy skills
Following a sequence of directions
Measurement
Supply List
Spaghetti
Basil
Garlic
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper
How-To
Begin by reading the recipe aloud to the kids. You may also want to create a pictograph of each step from the recipe beforehand or show the pictures included in the book. Pictographs can be especially helpful for kids with developmental delays to visualize and understand the activity fully. By relating the pictures with the words, the pictograph incorporates early reading and helps the child track down what’s coming next.

Once the pictograph is drawn, have the kids follow the directions.

Before you start the activity, cook the spaghetti beforehand, drain it, and set it aside.

We took the green spaghetti recipe from the book Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson.

Begin by reading the recipe aloud to the kids. You may also want to create a pictograph of each step from the recipe beforehand or show the pictures included in the book. Pictographs can be especially helpful for kids with developmental delays to visualize and understand the activity fully.

Begin by having the children pick the leaves from a basil plant with their hands. Next, have the kids smash garlic with a soup can.

Have the kids add the basil, garlic and other ingredients (salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, etc.) into a large bowl and allow them to mix up the ingredients with a wooden spoon.

Take the ingredients from the bowl and place them in a blender or food processor and chop the ingredients into a much finer paste.

Mix your green pesto sauce in with your spaghetti until it becomes green.

And finally, serve your “green spaghetti” and enjoy.
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Resources
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson.
 
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