Spaghetti and Meatballs


Name of Activity:

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Purpose of Activity:

To move through general space without bumping into classmates or equipment while working on hand eye coordination.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Yellow pool noodles (any color can be used. I use yellow to simulate spaghetti noodles), a variety of red balls (again, any color can be used. I use red to simulate “meatballs”), and hula hoops

Description of Idea

Ask the kids, “Who likes Spaghetti and Meatballs?” Then explain to them that the hula hoops laying on the floor around the gym are the plates that you eat your spaghetti and meatballs off of. Tell them that the yellow noodles are the “spaghetti” and the red balls are the “meatballs.” Assign half the class to be a “spaghetti” and give them a noodle. The other half of the class is a “meatball.” The meatballs can pick up any red ball and put it ON any plate. They’re trying to get all the meatballs on a plate. The noodles don’t like meatballs on their spaghetti, so they’re running around trying to get all the meatballs OFF of the plates (using their noodle…no hands or feet). After a couple minutes, let them switch roles so they get a chance to be a noodle and meatball.

Assessment Ideas:

Ask the meatballs if they had to move fast or slow to get the meatballs on the plates.
Ask the noodles how they kept the meatballs off the plates.

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