Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

How fun!
I spent yesterday trying to convince my three-year old that yes he could hold the red crayon to make the car red. I forget about developmental stages, I'm usually so focused on my school ager. I could see that it's going to be good, this one-on-one time with my M (while he sister is in three hours of summer school). He starts preschool this fall (for three-year olds, so you know, not too intense) and I know coloring is a biggie. We've got to get him more confident about holding a writing utensil! :0)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I completely agree, Omaha. If I had known when L. was three all the troubles he would have with writing, letter formation, and such I would have worked really hard trying to practice these skills when he was younger. I know that for boys, apparently, coloring and handwriting skills come late and can be difficult to develop--and I certainly notice this difference with my two kids.


mouse's picture mouse

Scooter's kindergarten class did a similar project during the year, though with toothpicks. And I think they had the option of using gumdrops too. I like that with the spaghetti it's possible to adjust stick-length. I'll definitely make sure we keep these items on hand so I can pull it out that next time he starts to get bored.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It really kept the kids busy--and the dry noodles actually had some flexibility, so we were able to manipulate them into forms we wouldn't have otherwise been able to do with toothpicks.

I'm itching to do this one again--it was fun!


bowdawg's picture bowdawg

This sounds like a blast! May have to plan a combo S'mores making / Pasta Engineering event soon and maximize marshmallow usage. I don't have children - but I do have the requisite dogs for clean up assistance!

Except the chocolate of course... I will take it upon myself to ensure there is no morsel of cocoa left to endanger the hounds!! :)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes, keep all marshmallows and noodles away from the dogs! Our dog eats just about anything (including play-doh), so I wasn't surprised she ate those structures.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for your comment! A friend has those magnets, I think--you're right--they are wonderful!