For parents of preschoolers, pasta isn't just for eating. Dried pasta works great for craft projects because of the wide variety of shapes and colors. It is also a useful tool for teaching counting, colors and patterns.Help your preschooler make pasta crafts that combine learning and creativity.
1. Pasta Jewelry
Teach your preschooler about patterns by making pasta necklaces using various forms of pasta. Tie a knot at the end of a piece of yarn long enough to fit loosely around your child's neck. Choose a pattern using colorful pasta and help your preschooler string the yarn following the pattern. Make different patterns and see if your toddler can remember what piece of pasta goes next on her own. Make necklaces, bracelets and anklets. Your little diva will love dripping in diamonds --er -- pasta.
2. Pasta Pictures
Encourage your toddler to get creative and create pictures using only pasta. Provide her with all types of various colored pasta in different shapes and sizes and ask her to draw a picture of your house or your family. You can also create pasta pictures based on the closest holiday. For example, if Halloween is coming up, have her use orange-colored pin-wheel pasta to create a pumpkin.
3. Pasta Picture Frame
Help your preschooler make a creative picture frame using pasta noodles. Cut a circle or a square out of cardboard, depending on what type of frame you want. Cut out the center, leaving at least an inch around for the frame. Have your preschooler add glue all over the frame, then glue on the pasta. Encourage him to make patterns for a more uniformed look or allow him to place them free form. For some added sparkle, have your toddler add a light coating of glue on top of the pasta and then sprinkle glitter all over the picture frame.
4. Pasta Noisemakers
Make pasta noisemakers perfect for a party. Use two clear plastic cups so you can still see the pasta inside. Have your preschooler decorate the two cups using decorative foam stickers. Fill one cup halfway with colorful pasta, then place the empty cup on top of the other. Use strong tape, such as duck tape to connect the two cups. Turn on some music and let your preschooler shake her noisemaker and dance.