Strega Nona is a beloved character from a series of books by Tomie dePaola. She is an old woman well known in her village for her magic touch. When she leaves to visit her friend, she leaves Big Anthony to care for her home, but warns him not to touch the magic pasta pot. Chaos ensues! (This post contains affiliate links).
To bring the story of Strega Nona and her pasta pot alive for kids, there are several learning opportunities you can create!
1. Sight word spaghetti – To encourage kids to practice their sight words while incorporating the yummy pasta from the story, you can create sight word spaghetti to share with your kids. This idea comes from Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten blog. She wrote out sight words for the kids on brown paper “meatballs” and the students used the yellow yarn “spaghetti” they were served to make the sight words. You can also adapt this for younger children and put letters or numbers on the meatballs and have them identify what letter or number they pulled out of the pasta.