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On Top of the Spaghetti

Activity Name: On Top of the Spaghetti

Age group: 3 to 5 years old
Number of children: 10
Length of Time: 15 to 20 minutes

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And early next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered
With beautiful moss,
It grew lovely meatballs,
All covered with sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatballs,
And don’t ever sneeze.


Area of Development: Language & Cognitive skills

Goal of the Activity: Reinforcing vocabulary and promoting manners

Objective of the activity: The children will be able to retell the story and sing the rhyme confidently.

Materials required: “On Top of the Spaghetti” homemade interactive book, video of the nursery rhyme

Introduction: Tell the children about the “On Top of the Spaghetti” short story.

My role: In this activity, I will tell a story to the children and show to them the interactive book and ask open-ended question.

Detailed Progression of the Activity: 

1.               Let the children sit on a semi-circle and give a hint of today’s topic.

2.               Ask the children if they like Spaghetti and I ask them what the spaghetti taste like.

3.               Ask the children if they sneeze in front of the food.

4.               Let each child retell the story (1 minute each)

Transition: On Top of the Spaghetti song, Aka Backa Soda Cracker

Extension: 

1.               Dramatic play: scene – eating spaghetti & something happen like in the story

2.               Matching game

3.               Memory game

4.               Coloring

5.               Tracing activity

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