Spaghetti and meatballs is a major favorite here in our house, but today we are using them as a math manipulative rather than a meal!
Work on counting, number recognition, and number values with this simple hands-on math and fine motor skills lesson.
Lil’ Explorers grab a FREE copy of the Spaghetti and Meatballs Template HERE!
Lil’ Creators grab a FREE copy of the Spaghetti and Meatballs Template HERE!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

• Count from 0-10 (5-8)
• Understand values of numbers 0-10  (5-8)

Fine Motor Skills

• Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
• Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

• Count from 0-20 (15-18)
• Understand values of numbers 0-20 (15-18)

Fine Motor Skills

• Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
• Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

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##### Step #1
Print and cut out the Spaghetti and Meatballs Template.
##### Step #2
Cut about 10-20 pieces of yellow yarn at various lengths. This will serve as our spaghetti.
If you have been hesitant to let your Lil’ use scissors, this is an awesome task for beginners to work on!
##### Step #3
Place your spaghetti on a paper plate.
##### Step #4
Grab a number card.
##### Step #5
Add the corresponding number of meatballs (brown pom poms) to the plate.
##### Step #6
Remove the pom poms, grab a new card and try again.