Children learn faster when they copy adults. Doing everyday activities like cooking spaghetti is great for their growth and development. It also provides opportunities for learning language, maths and social skills. It’s also a great way to bond.

Why do it?

  • Home is the first learning place and the whānau are the first teachers a child has.
  • A young child doesn’t always need special learning activities. Simple everyday household activities and routines can provide learning experiences in a familiar environment.
  • Having someone who loves, cares for and nurtures them is exactly what they need. It gives them a sense of belonging.
  • By learning what adults do, children learn these skills too.
  • Involvement in family activities is the beginning of creativity and imaginative play.
  • It provides opportunities for language, maths and social learning.

How to do it

You’ll need: 340g of spaghetti pasta, your favourite tasty extras... see below!

  1. Cook and drain your spaghetti. Follow the instructions on the packet.
  2. Add your favourite extras!
    • Tasty tomato: Add a can of plain or flavoured tomatoes to your drained pasta. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add some fresh basil (optional).
    • Veggie hide and seek: Pan fry and add 1-2 cups of finely chopped/grated veggies. We love onion, carrot and courgette.
    • Vegemite treat: Stir a little butter, 2 tablespoons of water and 2 teaspoons of vegemite (or marmite) into your drained pasta.
  3. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve. Yum yum!

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Cooking instructions
To sprinkle