{Raising Tots} Colored Pasta Necklaces

Raising TOddlers activities

I am excited to welcome Tricia from 2 Big 2 Little to this week’s {Raising Tots}. She shares with us a fun art project that any toddler is guaranteed to enjoy! Read on for her activity.


Coloured Pasta Necklaces

Coloured Pasta Necklaces

About a year or so ago, I made Sammie some coloured pasta to use for crafts, sensory bins and such. It is very easy to make. I have a coloured a variety of different kinds of pasta noodles, but Sammie’s favourite to use is the rigatoni noodles. I think because they are the largest and easiest to thread onto string or pipe cleaners.

To colour the pasta, you will need rubbing alcohol, food colouring and medium zip-loc baggies. I put about 1 capful of rubbing alcohol (you can use vinegar instead, if you are worried about the noodles being put into a little one’s mouth) and a few drops of food colouring into the baggie, mix it up and then add the pasta noodles. Seal the bag and mix the noodles and rubbing alcohol until pasta is completely coloured. Spread the coloured pasta evenly onto a cookie sheet or some level place and leave to dry, most likely overnight.

I did all the colouring and drying outside as I didn’t really want the house to smell like rubbing alcohol. Once it was dark, I brought the noodles inside to finish drying overnight. By morning, most of the alcohol smell was gone from the pasta.

As long as the coloured pasta doesn’t get wet, it should last for a long time. We are still using some of the coloured pasta that I made up well over a year ago, although I think it’s time to make up a new batch as we are starting to run out of some colours lol

Coloured Pasta Necklaces

Sammie’s favourite thing to do with the coloured pasta is to make necklaces with them. I think everyone in the house has been given at least one coloured pasta necklace :)

I set out some different coloured pasta in separate containers. We have some yarn pieces that have the hard ends like shoe laces and this is what Sammie prefers to use for her necklaces. I usually tape one end of the yarn to a tray or table to keep the coloured pasta from just falling off the end.

Coloured Pasta NecklacesColoured Pasta Necklaces

Checking to see if the necklace was long enough yet.

Coloured Pasta Necklaces

Sammie wearing her latest coloured pasta necklace. I think she made this one for Maddie

Coloured Pasta Necklaces

While Sammie was making her coloured pasta necklace, I sat with Austin and gave him some coloured pasta to see what he could do with it.

I stuck a pipe cleaner into a ball of clay and showed him how to put the pasta onto the pipe cleaner. We also tried it with a piece of uncooked spaghetti, as the pipe cleaner kept bending too much.

He could get one or two pieces of pasta onto the pipe cleaner or spaghetti, but he was more interested in taking them back off again. Sliding the pasta noodles up and down the spaghetti was a lot of fun and he liked the noise that it made. He found it really funny to put the pasta onto his fingers. lol

Coloured Pasta Necklaces

I think we might try this activity again with Austin, once he’s a little bit older.

This is a great activity to help your little ones, toddler age and up, work on their fine motor skills and make a handmade gift for someone special at the same time :) I’m sure most parents, grandparents or teachers would love to receive a coloured pasta necklace as a gift from a little one :)


Thank you Tricia for sharing this wonderful activity with us! Be sure to check her blog out at here and you can also follow her on Facebook here. For more activities, advice, and tip on raising toddlers head over to the {Raising Tots} page.

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