This is by far one of her favorites and I think mine, too.
I went to the store to find large beads for my toddler to thread into bracletes and necklaces. Unfortunately, all the beads I saw were so small, they looked like choking hazards. So I gave it some thought and came up with the Rigatoni idea. Not only are they large enough for her to play with, but they, of course, are safe to eat. My daughter would not mind munching on hard pasta. . . although she may not care too much to eat them colored.
1 box Rigatoni pasta (16 oz)
assorted food coloring of choice
a baking sheet
fuzzy craft sticks
Decide how many different colors you want to dye. Here I chose 5. Place a large handful of pasta in each ziplock bag. Pour drops of food coloring in bags. Seal bags and shake until the pasta is dyed. Pour pasta from each bag on a baking sheet and place in a corner to dry or place outside in the sun. Pour out pasta in a bowl. Look how pretty that looks (photo below).
Now it is time to use the fuzzy sticks to make necklaces or bracelets.
Simply grab a fuzzy stick and a few different colored pasta and thread through, leaving enough room at both ends of the stick for twisting.
After threading is complete, twist the ends of the sticks together.
Or place around risk or neck (if the stick is large enough and, of course, with parents monitoring), then secure them by twisting at the ends.
I used about 3/4 of the box of pasta and separated them into two baggies and stored one away for later use. So far, the we have played with this craft a few times now, and they still hold up very well. Not one has been broken, yet:)
Hence the making of another Quiet Time bin – love it!!!