If you’ve read my post on our visit to Eat.Play.Love, you would have seen those brightly coloured, threaded pasta necklaces on a mannequin in one of the pictures. They were beautiful, and so easy to put together for young children. I thought to myself then, how great it would be if I could make some myself! We could have plenty of fun with them at home too. Convinced that google has (almost) all the answers, I googled around and true enough, there were a few methods to it.
Here’s what we’ve arrived at with the information gathered from a few sites:
|Jiejie made these for her teachers for Teachers’ Day|
You will need:
- Hollow pasta (ie rigatoni. I wouldn’t recommend penne for young children as they sharpe edges )
- Plastic bags (I prefer transparent ones, it’s more fun for the kids)
- food colouring
- hand sanitiser or vinegar (you can do without either if you have a day or 2 to wait for it to dry)
- paper towel (absolute necessity, you’ll find out why along the way)
- Ribbons or strings (pipe cleaners for younger children)
|Meimei looking through a rigatoni|
|We made 4 colours of the kids’ choice|
|Meimei and her necklace.|
For bracelets, work with either pipe cleaners, ribbons or strings.
I would highly recommend pipe cleaners for younger children as they are easier to work with.
|The little boy working with pipe cleaner.|
Crafting with children has always been full of surprises. I’d expect them to enjoy threading the pasta, and they did, for a while. What was refreshing and fun for them was the process of dying the pasta. I guess we just can’t do without the mess sometimes.