I had recently snagged a free subscription to FamilyFun magazine which is put out by Disney. If you have the opportunity to get this, you should! I wasn't sure what to expect but when my first issue came I was instantly hooked. There are lots of great craft ideas for kids that are easy, inexpensive and totally fun.
One of the craft projects we did this last weekend was from the August issue and it was called Pretty Pasta. It involved dyeing pasta and then using it to make colorful necklaces. My oldest son helped my dye the noodles while my middle son napped and when he woke they were dry and ready to be strung on necklaces. It was lots of fun and they are already asking if we can do it again and create new colors. I think next time we are going to glue the pasta together to make animal sculptures.
Here is what you need:
dried pasta (I used rigatoni, it would be fun to use different shapes and sizes)
That's it! For each color you want to create use a Ziploc bag to mix 2 tsps vinegar with 10-12 drops of food coloring. Then add 1/2 cup of pasta and shake to cover. Let these sit for 5 minutes, shaking occasionally.
|We tried green, blue, and red|
|Adding the pasta|
|All shook up|
|This is what it looks like during the 5 minutes. Don't worry, it gets brighter when it drys.|
|See how bright the colors got once they dried?|
|The finished product - don't mind the outfit, we had a pajama day (but the shirt does match the necklace!)|