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{Toddler Thursday} Fun With Pasta! Pasta Necklaces

18 Aug

Fun With Pasta! is our latest installment of the Fun With Food! series.

What do you get when you mix pasta + paint + a toddler?  Painted pasta necklaces and a whole lotta messy fun along the way!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your pasta jewelry (think bracelets, headbands and crowns, too):

Materials

  • paint
  • paintbrushes
  • tube pasta (try penne)
  • ribbon, string or yarn
  • work surface saver (e.g., newspaper, cardboard, paper grocery bags)

Step 1

Paint your pasta.  I tried using a flattened cardboard box from the recycling bin as our paint palette, but Jane decided it would be her canvas instead.  She wasn’t ready to paint the penne right away.

Then she decided making handprints would be more fun than painting the pasta.

Eventually, she came around the idea of painting the penne.

Step 2

String each painted and dried piece of pasta together.  We used curly ribbon we had lying around the house, but you can use any type of ribbon, string or yarn handy.  Just tie several knots on top of each other to form a ball larger than the opening of the pasta; thread the pasta; and knot the two ends of the necklaces together.

Step 3

Don your fabulous creations!

LEARN! Colors, fine motor skills, manual dexterity, concentration

If you liked this post, check out other posts in the Fun With Food! series, like Fun With Beans and Fun With Gumdrops.

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{Fun With Food!} Fun With Gumdrops

9 May


Goody goody gumdrops! Fun With Gumdrops! is the first post in our Fun With Food! series.

Remember gumdrops?!

I used to love the sugary, spicy taste of these yummy gummy confections.  My mother always broke them out at Christmastime for our gingerbread houses and just the scent of these candies makes me nostalgic for my childhood.

Somehow I hadn’t seen them for years, so when I passed a bag of gumdrops in the grocery aisle the other day, I had to pick them up.  Turns out they are perfect for learning colors, counting, geometrical shapes and hours of fun.  All you need are toothpicks and you’re ready to go!

An older child (Jane is 2) would be able to make more than just these tripods.

Try:

  • other shapes (squares, hexagons, octagons, you name it)
  • 3-D shapes (like a house or box) or
  • atoms and chemical structures.

LEARN!  Colors, counting, shapes/geometry, fine motor skills

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