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Hi everyone,

Our school council have arranged to have a Round the World day to raise money for a school we support in Uganda. After lots of discussion, our class has come up with Italy as our country. Just about to trawl google, but does anyone have any tried and tested ideas for activities to help the day go with a swing, please? It's finishing with a display and food tasting in the hall, but I have a sneaky feeling that painting Italian flags and making towers of Pisa won't take much time!

Thanks in advance,

Tracylu :o

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Are you class old enough to trawl google themselves that way they can find out interesting facts etc about Italy and they might come up with their own activities from this?

Make a design a pizza face, look at the artwork of Italy, football teams, learn to speak italian, make jewellery out of pasta, (thinking of Pompeii) make volcanoes from mod roc and get them to erupt using bicarb and vinegar, as it is coming up to Christmas are there any italian customs that are different from here in England?

Hope this helps

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Spaghetti! Spaghetti in the water tray, spaghetti printing... pasta threading, collaging (unless you have a policy about not using foodstuffs for play purposes) Cooking spaghetti and twirling it on forks. Learning number names in Italian, key phrases like 'my name is', 'hello', 'goodbye' etc

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We hid magnetic letters of the word Italy for the children to find in a big pile of cooked spaghetti. Messy but fun. Necklaces and bracelets with tubes of pasta. Pasta art, muffin pizzas, flags to colour. Taught them hello and goodbye in Italian and how to count to 10. This was year one class

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We had an Italian week a few years ago. We talked about Italian food, had spaghetti in the water tray and looked at how it changed throughout the day (comparing it to the brittle spaghetti in the packet), we had pizza boxes and pasta shapes in the sand tray. We also made pizza's from scratch - one group made the dough for the bases, one group made the tomato puree (tinned tomatoes, garlic and herbs), one group prepared all the toppings. The children had talked about their favourite pizza's beforehand, and we had pizza recipes and pictures. The children had chosen what they wanted on their particular pizza (it was summer term and this was a recipe writing activity- but they could do this by ticking pictures on a sheet if they can't write). We went to the local supermarket to buy the ingredients (lucky we had lots of very willing parents to accompany us). The finished pizza's were very tasty and we had a wonderful party to finish the week - we decorated the room with table cloths and Italian flags and played Italian music (Nessun dorma etc).

 

We also had a parent who travelled to Italy and she came in to share some typically Italian things - herbs, Olive Oil and a Pinochio puppet. She also taught us some Italian phrases - which I can't remember now!

 

We had a fab time - but as I say we had a week.

 

Have a great time.

 

PS - we didn't do this, but you could have a pizza delivery service in outdoor play.

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There is a website which changes the children's names into the equivalent Italian name (or other languages). We also made gondolas and tested them to see if they floated and looked at mosaics and Italian art - using this as an inspiration to paint on tiles. La Befana is the Christmas Witch instead of Father Christmas and you could make ice cream or bread pudding from Panettone.

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