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On Top of the Spaghetti

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Maribel is a Qualified Early Childhood Educator. She love arts and crafts. She graduated at TAV College, Montreal, Quebec in the year 2015.

The Importance of Literacy For Children

Language is very important to develop at a very young age. Therefore, one way of helping them to acquire these skills is to introduce to them a story either make up story or story we read from the books, from the internet and elsewhere.

Literacy for children in daycare setting is a must, in order for them to develop their cognitive skills and promoting language skills. This is their first start of understanding words we use in our daily lives. Although, children at a very young age cannot fully differentiate the word meaning and why it exists, they understand the concepts and how this words to be use based on their own understanding.

On Top of the Spaghetti Activity and Lesson Plan


After the lesson, the children will be able to retell the story and sing the rhyme confidently.

Prerequisite Skills:

Recognition and understanding of the activity, the nursery rhyme, the fun and the exciting effects of the story.

Materials Needed:

  1. Homemade interactive book "On Top of the Spaghetti"
  2. CD and or DVD for nursery rhyme and or videos
  3. Internet (YouTube) if needed

Detailed Progression of the Activity:

1. Let the children sit on a semi-circle and give a hint of today's topic.

2. Ask the children if they like Spaghetti and let them tell how the spaghetti taste.

3. Ask the children if they sneeze in front of the food.

4. Let each child retell the story (1 minute each)

Transition: Suggestions

  1. On Top of the Spaghetti song
  2. Aka Backa Soda Cracker
  3. Any songs

Extension Activity

1. Dramatic play: scene – eating spaghetti & something happen like in the story

2. Matching game

3. Memory game

4. Coloring

5. Tracing activity

Development Focus of the Activity

According to Lev Vygotsky, a theorist of cognitive development, cognitive develop through social interactions and it applies to language literacy. Thus, this interactive book will enhances the children's progression in the following area:

  1. Language skills
  2. Cognitive skills

In addition, it will help the children also in other field such as;

  1. Social skills
  2. Imaginative
  3. Intellectual skills

On Top of the Spaghetti Lyrics

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

On Top of the Spaghetti video


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