The kids at my house aren’t quite old enough for the little pony beads yet, but they do love stringing things and making (very long) necklaces. I saw this fun activity and decided to give it a try. Next time you’re at the store, grab a box of small rigatoni pasta (usually $1) and some vinegar and food coloring if you don’t already have some at the house.
I wanted the two year olds to be able to help every step of the way, so we set our food coloring bags up in little cups so they could toss the pasta in. If you’re doing the prep work yourself, don’t bother with the cups. Add about 1 tsp of vinegar to each bag and 4-5 drops of food coloring.
The cups are ready! Let the fun begin!
Next, let the little ones toss away. We put about 8-10 pieces per bag.
After the bags are filled with your pasta, seal up the Ziplocs and shake around to distribute the color. For us, the green and orange ended up working really well, but the purple was a little weak.
Next, dump the excess liquid out (use a little strainer) and lay the pasta out to dry on a paper towel. You might want to try to turn them or move them a bit after 5-10 minutes so they don’t get stuck to the paper towel.
After the beads are dry (usually 30-60 minutes), string away! The girls loved these things! We used some old shoelaces I picked up at the Salvation Army and some yarn. I’ve also seen people use pipe cleaners, which would be even easier and would make great bracelets. The girls also loved sticking the beads on their fingers for “fancy fingernails”. Creative!
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Lindsey Whitney is a mom of two, home day care provider, and blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry. Growing Kids Ministry is a blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook!