Painting with Spaghetti paintbrushes

In just under two weeks, we are off on our next adventure… to Rome. Rome has been on my bucket list for a really long time and I am very excited to head off and explore the ancient buildings, wander through the exotic parks and taste all of the wonderful foods. To prepare the boys for their Roman adventure, I’ve been putting together some Italian themed activities for us to do together. To kick start our Italian theme, this weekend we’ve been painting with spaghetti paintbrushes.

Painting with spaghetti paintbrushes - toddler and preschool art sensory play

 

You will need:

  • Paint
  • Bowls
  • A hair tie or elastic band
  • Spaghetti (we used a very cheap supermarket;s own brand spaghetti)
  • Paper
  • (Optional) Tuff spot tray

 

How to make Spaghetti Paintbrushes:

  • I took some spaghetti and tied it together using a hair tie
  • I then boiled some water and held the spaghetti bundles in the pan using tongs, keeping the tops out of water.
  • Once the bottoms of the spaghetti bundles had softened I then placed them on a plate to cool
  • Once the spaghetti bundles had cooled they were ready to paint with

Painting with spaghetti paintbrushes - toddler and preschool art sensory play

Painting with spaghetti paintbrushes - toddler and preschool art sensory play

 

This is such a simple activity to set up and the boys had a wonderful time painting with the spaghetti. Painting with spaghetti is not only a great way of encouraging children to use their imaginations by using non-traditional tools and methods, but it also opened conversation about our upcoming trip. As we did our painting we talked about our upcoming trip and what we were going to do while we were there. We talked about what sort of food we are likely to eat and the places we were going to visit. The prints we made together are really quirky and are now proudly placed on the fridge along with our various other artworks.

Painting with spaghetti paintbrushes - toddler and preschool art sensory play

Painting with spaghetti paintbrushes - toddler and preschool art sensory play

 

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23 thoughts on “Painting with Spaghetti paintbrushes

  1. What a lovely idea I’ve never thought about doing this before but a really great way of experimenting with paint and different textures I’ll have to give this a go.

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