Teachers’ Day Gift Project – Coloured Pasta Bracelet

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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:

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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)
Here’s how it’s done:
1. Mix food colouring with hand sanitiser or vinegar in a plastic bag. I worked with the former as I had a big bottle at home and it was expiring :)
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Meimei looking through a rigatoni
2. Add in pasta and fasten the plastic bag.
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3. Here’s the fun part, SHAKE!
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4. Leave them to stand for about half an hour.
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We made 4 colours of the kids’ choice
5. Pour out pasta on sheets of kitchen towels and let it dry for an hour or so. It might take a day to dry if you worked without alcohol (hand sanitiser) or vinegar.
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6. Put dry pasta into containers and we are all set for some fun time threading them up.
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For necklaces, work with a length of ribbon or string.
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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.

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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. :)

References:
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http://www.freshmommyblog.com/2013/09/lately-in-instagrams.html

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