This is very simple, but loads of fun. Awhile back the kids and I made homemade colored pasta. Basically I bought several different types of pasta and divided them up and colored them, so some bow ties were red, blue, green, etc. We ended up with a large tub full of colorful pasta. Here are some things we like to do with it.
Sorting is always fun, they can sort by color, shapes, or size. My kids also came up with broken and not broken (love that!) and pointy and not pointy. We like to use muffin tins to sort so it is less messy!
We also did some art with it. I gave the kids a piece of cardstock and glue and a handful and they got creative. They even named their art. Isaiah’s was “Rainbow Sherbert” and Ayla named hers’ “Strawberry Shortcake”.
We have used it to measure. Take a measure cup and see how long of a line you can make with the pasta. Also, how many cups full will it take to fill our bowl?
Counting is great too. I have each the kids a handful and we counted them and talked about who had more, and who had less. (This didn’t go over so well with Isaiah, as he wanted to have the most!) You could also give a handful and talk about it with each child. Do you have more macaroni or shells? How many tube shells do you have? How many red pastas?
Hope you enjoy making the pasta and using it, it lasts a long time and provides lots of fun.
To make the pasta divide noodles into freezer bags (some of each kind in each bag)
Add 1 tsp. of rubbing alcohol and several drops of food coloring to each bag and shake it up (kids favorite part)
I also let it set about 15 minutes in the bag to let the color set in.
Leave it out overnight to dry and then put it into a container, enjoy!