I keep thinking of more AND more preschool activity bags. I might do another week's worth of them for you, but tonight I am just adding this one idea that goes with letter N (so that I can get Letter N posted!).
A simple thing for your preschooler to do is to string some pasta and make a bracelet or necklace. BUT…who wants to string plain pasta? Not me. I want it to be pretty or at least have a little pizazz. You can make pretty pasta!
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Food Coloring (I had some cheap and some not-so-cheap; used both)
- Ziploc quart storage bags (one per color)
- assorted pasta for stringing
- paper towel
- cookie sheets
1. Put some food coloring (10 drops -or as much as you want) in a bag with 1 tablespoon of alcohol. Add 1/3-1/2 box of pasta. Squish.
2. Repeat for different colors/different pastas.
3. Get some cookie sheets ready by lining them with paper towel. Squish bags again.
4. Throw away leftover pasta boxes and put food coloring, etc. away.
5. Dump pasta on to the prepared cookie sheets. Let it dry. Completely. before letting your tot touch it.
A few notes from me to you. I wasn't impressed with purple; it was even WILTON purple, but darker colors (note the blue) do not do as well. The orange was perfect (also Wilton) and the green was very nice (cheapy). You may wonder why I dyed yellow pasta yellow. Well, it really does make a difference (again, Wilton. . . lemon yellow); it makes it bright & fun! If I ever remember, I am going to browse the Wilton selection in the cake decorating supplies to see what other lighter colors they have. I am out of red, but we really need to add some red to our collection, so I will at some point.
Once you have your colored pasta (and it's REALLY dry), you can throw it in a gallon freezer bag with some string, yarn, fun-tipped yarn, or pipe cleaners, and your preschooler can pattern and bead all the live long day. Yippee for Preschool Activity Bags!
Simon really loves his noodle necklace (that he made!)
I like mine, too.