Note: Once a week I share a popular post from the archives. This post was originally published in March 2012.
One of the fun things about teaching an early elementary class at our homeschool co-op is getting to do some great art projects for kids. Our class is learning about Ancient Egypt in preparation to go to an Ancient Egypt exhibit. Since the Egyptians were so into jewelry we thought it would be fun for the kids to make some necklaces out of dyed pasta. I took extra for Esther’s class and they also had fun stringing it.
Dying pasta is super easy. All you need is pasta, food coloring, jars and rubbing alcohol. oh, and newspaper.
First put some dry pasta in jars – one jar per color you want. Then squirt some food coloring in it. The only one I could find was a gel food coloring, I couldn’t find the old liquid kind. But it worked great and they also had some neon colors. I stuck with the regular colors but neon would have been pretty cool. Lastly pour some rubbing alcohol into the jar – enough to cover the bottom of the jar about 1/2 to 1 inch. Shake it up.
Leave it sitting on the counter all afternoon so that every time your big kids come by they can shake the jars. And every time your toddler comes by you can tell her “Don’t touch”
Next, pour it out onto some newspapers (after draining off the liquid in a colander) about 30 minutes before above mentioned toddler’s bedtime so that she can “help”.
The next day the pasta will be dry and your child can make all kinds of necklaces and bracelets.
If you make these and use the neon food coloring let me know how they turned out.
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What are your favorite frugal art projects for kids?