PLAYDOUGH! Thank you, playdough. I saw this image on Pinterest a while back of threading pasta on a skewer in playdough so instead of her usual cutters and playdough stamps, I grabbed some Popsicle sticks I had lying around and some dry rigatoni from the pantry.
I showed her how to roll the playdough into a ball and insert the stick. Then thread the pasta. She loved it!
She played "noodle sticks" as she named it for THIRTY MINUTES! Yup! Thirty glorious, quiet, early morning minutes.....and I finally got to drink my coffee.
PS: I was in love the creativity and exploration she had by the end! Here's Ginny and her "noodle puppies.”