Stories & Crafts: Magic 1

Welcome to Stories & Crafts magic week! Sit down and listen to Miss Rhonda read Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola then make a spaghetti & meatballs craft, listen to a song or two and color.

Make Spaghetti & Meatballs

Strega Nona did not add sauce and meatballs to her spaghetti, but you can!



  • Paper plate
  • Red finger paint – you could use a red marker or cut out a “sauce shape” out of red construction paper or felt
  • Yellow yarn cut in to desired lengths
  • White paper if you want to add cheese
  • Brown felt circles – you could use brown construction paper
  • Glue


  1. Drizzle the red paint onto the plate. Use your finger to spread the paint all over the paper plate for the tomato sauce.
  2. Drizzle glue on the plate and add the yellow yarn for your spaghetti.
  3. Glue the brown circles wherever you want your meatballs.
  4. If you want to add cheese cut or tear white paper into small pieces and sprinkle on top.
  5. Enjoy your plate of spaghetti & meatballs!

Things to talk about

  • Talk to your child about what the word drizzle means.
  • Let your child “make” the spaghetti and ask them how long the spaghetti noodles should be.
  • What food do you use to make the sauce?
  • What do you like on your spaghetti? Perhaps sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on your spaghetti using yellow construction paper. I used my shredder to make my Parmesan cheese.

More Fun

For a fun sensory experience make some rainbow spaghetti.

Strega Nona coloring page

Plate of plain spaghetti coloring page

On Top of Spaghetti song – Remember to sneeze into a tissue or your elbow!

Spaghetti Legs song with Jim Gill

Check out this list of books on Magic, including a Strega Nona video.

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Don’t forget to log your time for summer reading on Beanstack.

Check out our previous Stories & Crafts.

Luanne Webb – Infant-Preschool Librarian. Through my programs I hope to spark children’s interest in reading and help them get ready for school. When I am not at the library, I enjoy researching my family’s history.