Thursday, July 21, 2011

Noodle Necklaces

I've discovered something about my children.  And it's not a good something.  When offered any unstructured time, their activities of choice are, shall we say, undesirable.  Hitting.  Wrestling.  Kicking.  Poking. Teasing. Yelling.  (Please tell me this is because of their age.  PLEASE?)

So I try and make sure there is very little unstructured time.

Yesterday, I relied on an oldie-but-goodie to fill their time.  Noodle Necklaces!

You'll need:

food coloring
white vinegar
ziploc bags
any type of noodles that can be strung
twist-ties (optional)

First, put 12 drops of food coloring into a ziploc bag.  Add 2 tsp. of vinegar.  Then add about 1/2 cup of pasta.  Squish the pasta around in the bag to make sure that it's coated with the food coloring.

Then lay the pasta out on paper towels to dry.  After about 15 minutes, flip the pasta over so it dries evenly.

When it's all dry, start stringing!  Cut a length of ribbon or yarn, get going!  For an easy threader, twist a twist-tie around the end of the yarn.

Just look at my kitchen table.  You can see I was trying to keep them busy!  In addition to the noodle necklaces, they were also working with magnetic letters AND having a snack.

Here was an unexpected bonus of this activity:  I snuck some math practice in.  We worked on patterning with the noodle colors.

red, red, yellow, yellow
blue, blue, green, green, red

checking his pattern
They loved this activity, and wore their new jewelry all day!

this one loves to pose

this one needs a haircut!
**This activity came straight from the pages of Family Fun magazine!  Awesome magazine and website!**


  1. Love! Other ideas... cut out 2 large fish shapes (the same size) on drawing paper and use macaroni to create scales on both sides. Draw in an eye and mouth. Staple edges but leave a hand sized opening to stuff with newspaper then finish stapeling- read the Rainbow Fish story. Mac is a great way to make picture frames too!

  2. No wonder you teach art, Tracey! The fish activity is on the schedule for tomorrow!

  3. I let my kids play video games and watch TV all day while I work, I need to get some more ideas like this that Nicholas can do with Joey!! You are a good mom!!

  4. Laura, first of all, you're working! What the heck can you do? Second, I can't WAIT for the day when my kids will play video games and watch TV all day unassisted. :)

  5. I am so glad I read your blog today! This project was on my list of things to "google today. ~Margaret


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