We love making pasta necklaces. We did something a little bit different this time and dyed the uncooked pasta different colours – big thanks to the the wonderful Iddle Peeps for inspiration!They were a huge success and great fun to make. It’s a great activity for little monkeys’ fine motor skills and will be enjoyed by monkeys of any age.
Rubbing alcohol, or surgical spirits (I didn’t have any so used white vinegar instead)
1/2 cup dry penne pasta
Food colouring (liquid or powder will work)
Large or extra large sandwich bags
1. Place a handful of dry pasta into each of the bags depending on how many colours you decide to make.
2. Pour some rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits (or white vinegar) into each bag and make sure that the pasta is generously coated in the fluid, sealing as you go.
3. Open up each bag and add a teaspoon of the appropriate colour food colouring. We used food colouring powder.
4. Securely seal each of the bags and move the bag around to gently mix the pasta shapes with the liquids to make sure there’s an even colouring. Monkeys will love this! Be careful to avoid spillage as the food colouring may stain. Wear an apron and lay down some newspaper!
5. Leave to soak on the side for about 45 minutes before using a metal sieve or colander (plastic may stain) over a sink to drain off the liquid.
6. Gently turn onto a large baking paper lined tray and lay the pasta out flat without touching. Place the tray somewhere warm for them to dry.
7. When the pasta is dry to the touch, get your monkeys to thread them onto string to make necklaces!
For more great kids craft ideas, head to Iddle Peeps’ blog.