Rainbow Pasta Threading Necklaces
This is a fun and easy activity that practises some great fine motor skills as well as promoting creativity with a little maths tossed in along the way!
For this we needed to dye some large pasta shapes. We used rigatoni and it was easy to dye. I separated the pasta into 4 zip-loc bags and added some liquid food colouring to each. We then shook them up and left them to dry for a day, when I tipped them onto kitchen paper and let them finish drying in the air for another few hours.
Ta Da! Pretty rainbow pasta for all sorts of sensory fun and play. Next we found some thick chenille pipe cleaners (ours came from the £1 shop) and used them to thread the pasta onto.
Cakie struggled at first as the pipe cleaners were thick and needed to be pulled through.
She soon got the hang of it and started to thread lots of necklaces and bracelets, wanting to wear them all in one go!
We had a go at making some in repeating patterns and others that had to be only in one colour.
Here’s one of her all one colour results- yellow matched onto yellow. Lovely!
And of course I had to model one too!
There are so many possibilities with this activity and it can be as open-ended or as challenge led as you want!
creativity: exploring colours through matching and pattern making, making jewellery and models
maths: sorting and matching according to colour, copying and creating simple repeat patterns, counting using 1:1 correspondence
phse: concentration skills, finishing a project
fine motor: developing the pincer grip by picking up small objects, strengthening hand muscle by threading and pulling
Cakie: 37 months
Pop: 18 months