To colour the pasta, using food colouring helps to keep the pasta from getting soft (which sometimes happens when you use regular paint) Place penne in a ziplock bags, add a few drops of food colouring. Squeeze all the air out and close up the bag. Your child can shake the bag until the pasta is the desired color. Let dry on a flat surface such as a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
White food colouring isn't as easy to come by – so for the white penne, you'll need to use regular paint. Use sparingly so that it doesn't sature the penne and cause it to split.
Now the beading can begin! This is a great activity for patterning practice and fine motor skill. Penne has pretty large holes so young children should be able to easily thread the gimp. It's stiff so that also makes threading easier.
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