One of the activities Lauren and I did last week during our “Green” unit was make and play with colored pasta. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and we had so much fun that I wish I’d done it sooner. Because last week was all about green that’s the only color we made, but the process is so easy and the results are so fun that we’ll be making different colors soon.
1 cup dried pasta
2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
foil lined baking sheet
Measure rubbing alcohol into baggie. Add several drops of food coloring and mix with alcohol. Add dried pasta, seal bag, and coat pasta in colored mixture.
Drain and discard excess liquid. Place pasta on a foil lined baking sheet. Dry at least one hour. (*I made 1 cup penne and 2 cups ditalini.)
I very carefully let Lauren “help” me measure the alcohol and drop in the food coloring. She LOVED this part, and I’m really happy I let her help me make the pasta rather than just making it for her to play with. It was actually perfect. We made it in the morning, went to a playdate, and then we played with it the same day for our after-nap activity.
Lauren loved using some old measuring cups and spoons to scoop and pour the pasta. The second day she played with the pasta I gave her some green pipe cleaners and she loved threading both types of pasta on it. (Sorry I didn’t get a picture.) Colored pasta is a great sensory and fine motor activity, and we’ll be playing with lots more in the future.
Here are a couple of other pictures from our Green Unit:
Playing with homemade green playdough (<—click for my recipe). Lauren pushed two wholes into the shamrock pictured above and said, “Eyes.” I was very proud of her creativity. Then she put both her hands in the air and said, “Monsaaa!” (monster) Andy and I cracked up! She is so much fun!
This is a super easy and quick flannel board that I whipped up during nap time one afternoon. We used it with some of the songs and activities from Oopsey Daisy‘s “G is for Green Unit.” (Have you check out this awesome blog yet?!) Lauren also loved looking at all of my St. Patrick’s Day books. She was still a bit too young to listen to a whole story, but she loves my mommy-abridged versions and is very curious about leprechauns. Next year is going to be even more fun!
Lastly, we couldn’t let a holiday go by without making some of our family’s “painted cookies.” Lauren’s really getting into standing on a chair and helping me bake! It’s a dream come true! Lauren gave the cookies out to her playgroup at our weekly Friday playdate. The back of the tags said, “You Sham-ROCK! xo Lauren.”
Hope you had a super St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Lauren and I are already looking forward to the next holiday, Easter! We’re starting a new Easter Unit and among other things we’ll be doing activities from another great Oopsey Daisy Mommy-School Packet, “E is for Easter.” If you have a little one join in our fun by following Oopsey Daisy and downloading your own copy of the packet.