Painted pasta for necklaces.

Children’s Craft Pasta Bracelets.

This is an affordable, fun childcare activity for you and your child.

Please note: Children should not be left unattended while making and wearing pasta bracelets.

What you need;

  • A bag of tubular pasta, e.g. penne or elicoidali – experiment with different types.
  • Acrylic paints; if you don’t have acrylic paint you can make your own by mixing poster paints with PVA glue until the desired thickness is achieved;
  • Paint brush;
  • Elastic string to make the bracelet – use an elastic that can be easily broken to help avoid accidents;
  • String, for drying the pasta;
  • Scissors.

The activity, step by step:

Part one; paint the pasta:

  1. Prepare your paints according to the manufacturer’s instructions;
  2. Apply the paint to the uncooked pasta; use a brush or hands if your child enjoys getting messy!
  3. Thread the painted pasta onto a length of string and hang to dry.

Part two; make the bracelet:

  1. When your pasta is dry remove it from the string; separate any pieces of pasta that stick together carefully to prevent them snapping;
  2. Use the scissors to cut the elastic to the desired length; it should easily slide on and off your child’s wrist;
  3. Thread your painted pasta onto the elastic;
  4. Tie the two ends together, or use a pull-apart clasp.

Teaching points – things you can talk about while you’re enjoying this activity:

  • Use descriptive words to discuss how the paint feels on your hands;
  • Talk about the different coloured paints you’re using;
  • Stretch the elastic, what does it feel like?
  • Talk about how the raw pasta is different from cooked pasta.
  • Count the pasta tubes as you thread them.

This childcare activity promotes:

  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.