I’ve been in a lot of schools and a lot of classrooms, and I always thought this project was courtesy of some secret school supply catalog. Nope. Just a bunch of crafty motivated teachers.
Let’s just get down to the nuts and bolts, shall we? Pasta + food coloring + rubbing alcohol = perfect penne.
Just like the pasta stars, I separated my penne into three ziplock bags and added enough rubbing alcohol to slosh around, maybe 1/2 cup. The more food coloring you add, the more vibrant the color.
Let the pasta sit until the color is uniform and as bright as you want, moving the pasta around in the liquid every so often.
Dump out the excess liquid and let the pasta sit on paper towels over night to dry.
These pasta tubes are perfect for fine motor ‘bead’ work, but the smaller pasta shapes could be super cute as a collage material. (Sorry grandparents, your next present from the Smith house might involve colored pasta and a picture frame of sorts.) A pipe cleaner attached to the twine made it easy for Eleanor to ‘thread’ her colorful beads.
Eleanor is increasingly accessorized up in this joint. (She’s still stringing her necklace or else I’d have a picture of her wearing one of her creations!)
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