Here’s a fun fact: Americans collectively eat six billion (!) pounds of pasta every year, which averages about 20 pounds per person annually. No wonder there’s a National Pasta Day to celebrate—mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 17.
To help your family commemorate this delicious holiday, Melissa & Doug are happy to contribute a FREE Printable activity to the potluck. Can your little one untangle this super-fun Noodle Maze and match the ingredients with the proper dish? Sounds like fun…nom nom nom!
Want to keep the National Pasta Day fun going? Consider shopping from Melissa & Doug’s extensive collection of pretend play fun for high-quality, long-lasting toys that will power kids’ imaginations and help build important developmental tools they’ll need in school and beyond.
We’ve curated a delectable selection of our pasta-themed pretend play toys for you to peruse, just in time for National Pasta Day (Tuesday, October 17). Read on…the blog post is shorter than the average menu at your beloved local Italian restaurant!
Pretend play fun to celebrate National Pasta Day (Tuesday, Oct. 17)
Prepare perfect pretend pasta every time with this 50-plus-piece pasta-making set! Fun pasta boxes hold felt penne, bow tie pasta, linguini, and ravioli pockets that can be hand-stuffed with felt spinach, meat, or cheese fillings. Follow the illustrated guide to order and "cook" the pasta in the large cook pot with lid, and "strain" it in the colander over the cooktop and sink play mat. Use the pasta spoon to scoop into the included pasta bowl, top with tomato sauce, cheese, or butter toppings, and dig in! The set also includes a sauce jar, cheese shaker, salt shaker, and fork. This inventive set lets kids create countless imaginative pasta meals from start to finish!
Come 'n get it! This set has everything an aspiring chef needs to cook up yummy treats. The role play costume includes a chef's jacket with big pockets and red-gingham accents, chef's hat, oven mitt, three wooden utensils, a set of plastic measuring spoons, and a name tag so kids can personalize their outfit. The Chef Role Play Set is sized to fit boys and girls ages three to six. The high-quality fabrics and solid construction ensure durability so little ones can wear it over and over again. The jacket can be machine washed, and it comes with accessories that can easily be wiped clean. With authentic chef details, these role-play accessories encourage lots of exciting pretend play for little master chefs!
What's for dinner? Just ask Chef Alfredo 'Al' Dente for the special of the day! Use one hand to manipulate the puppet's mouth and facial expressions while gesturing with the removable wooden rod with the other. Detachable rod is suitable for lefties or righties!
This play set features shiny stainless steel cookware Mom and Dad would envy! Generously sized (5-inch diameter) for a more realistic look and feel, the colander and three pans (with interchangeable lid) fit most play food items for exciting restaurant and kitchen play, and store neatly on a convenient storage rack when the kitchen is closed. All of the handles and knobs feature sturdy riveted joints that won't weaken and wear like welding or glue. With two hardwood utensils included and stainless steel pieces polished to a gorgeous mirror-finish, this set is truly top shelf!
It's twice the fun at the Star Diner! This sturdy, double-sided wooden play space lets kids cook and serve from the kitchen side, and order and enjoy a meal on the booth side. The kitchen, with an extra-large oven, realistic burners and dials, a two-shelf refrigerator, and plenty of counter space has fun details like a drink dispenser and milkshake maker with mixing rod that can be pushed up and down. At the two-seat booth, customers three and older can spin the jukebox dial to choose their favorite type of music, then drop the included coin in the slot - and the coin lands in a collection tray on the other side!
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