Recommended ages: 2-5
Noodles aren’t just fun to eat — they're fun to play with, too. CCRI Child Development Specialist Kari Hart and her 2-year-old son dyed some pasta and created hours of fun.
What you need:
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
- 10 to 15 drops of food coloring per color
- Ziploc bags (one bag for every different color)
- Noodles of your choice (rigatoni and penne provide the most flexibility)
For each color of noodle you plan to dye:
1. Place noodles in a Ziploc bag.
2. Add 1 Tablespoon vinegar and 10 to 15 drops of the food coloring of your child’s choice.
3. Close the bag (make sure it’s secure).
4. Turn on some music and dance while you and your child shake up the bags to spread the color over the noodles.
5. Have your child lay the noodles out to dry. Pro tip: For best results, let noodles dry overnight.
Here are some fun ideas for how to use your new colorful noodles:
- Sort the noodles by color
- Use the noodles to create letters or shapes
- Develop fine motor skills by threading the pasta onto yarn or string.
- Make a track for cars and trucks.
Looking for more ways to use your noodles? Encourage your child to try these:
- Use noodles to enhance art projects or playdough creations.
- Find noodles hidden in rice or sand.
- Add glue to use noodles as building blocks.
- Practice measuring using noodles (1 cup, ½ cup, ¼ cup, etc.)
Stay safe (and at home) and take care.