1. Hi, Thanks for sharing another great post and super timely yet again! We will be using spaghetti and paint for our form drawing shortly. How are the froglets? We have been following avidly and have been learning lots about frogs and were grateful for your information. I am still learning to blog and would love to link your lovely blog! nestinginthelemontree.blogspot.com

    • Sarah

      Hi Iris! The froglets are gone now (sadly one died before we could release it, I think he got himself trapped under the rocks) so we’re waiting for some of the other tadpoles to develop legs. Please feel free to link to my blog, I love all the frog activities you’ve been doing!

  2. Interesting that you ask that question as I’ve been pondering it since reading several other posts about messy play that has involved food…we’ve done basic pouring and sorting activities with dry lentils and pasta which at least can be reused several times but I’m not sure about the cooked spaghetti or oats and water type things, they look like so much fun but I keep coming back to the disposable element of them and as you say, how ethical (is that the right word?) is it to play with food when millions don’t have any to eat. I’m still undecided and had been planning on making some edible paint but thank you for raising the question! May I ask what book the essay was in?

    • Sarah

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s called “Rethinking Early Childhood Education” edited by Ann Pelo. I suppose cooked spaghetti is much more wastefull than dry things and playdough which can be used over and over again! Maybe I’m overthinking it though, as many parts of the world don’t have craft materials or commercial toys either, they just use what they do have!

      • That’s very true! I guess the argument could then extend to not using any materials for play which seems ridiculous! I reckon maybe the answer isn’t through not involving food for play but raising awareness of global hunger issues and trying to be involved in campaigns/fundraising/aid for said issues.

        I hope that made sense. It’s late and I’ve just finished work so not totally coherent!

  3. citykidsleedsRachel

    I think boatmama made a good point! I actually think there are more arguments against buying new plastic toys than using everyday items in play. Of course, there’s a balance. As a teacher I remember seeing a colleague using food in art work that was about world hunger. It seemed a little… insensitive! I think the spaghetti is a great idea, storing it away for my Art Club (I have older children but really, who isn’t going to like swirling cold spaghetti around with paint?!)

    • Sarah

      I definitely agree with you about plastic toys versus everyday items. I’m sure your Art Club will enjoy it, I did!

  4. This looks like great fun and I think I will have to try it. It’s an interesting question about the ethics of using food in play, but on the whole I think there’s a danger of overthinking it! Perhaps it would be a good idea to discuss it with older children and find out their opinions. I suppose I think that if something has been played with that doesn’t mean it has been wasted, and that could be a valid use for it. If we are fortunate enough to be able to afford craft materials in general, it probably doesn’t matter exactly what we use, but we should always look for ways to help those in need and also to teach our chidren to do the same.

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