This is a fun and usually pretty readily available activity you can set up to help develop your children’s fine motor skills, concentration and persistence.

It is also a meaningful gift to gift to people they love shall they choose (grandma’s I hear love to sport the pasta jewellery look) This can be used with non coloured #pasta but my kiddiwinks always like to jazz it up a little by creating coloured #pasta.

Create your own jewellery
Create your own jewellery

I will pop the instructions for colouring your pasta down below…


  1. You can use snaplock bags or containers with tight fitting lids
  2. Add a cup (or how much you would like depending on how many children in the group) of dry pasta
  3. Add a generous dollop of food colouring and a teaspoon of vinegar to the pasta
  4. In a container shake it around if in a snap lock bag just use your hands to movie it all around and shake it make sure no matter which one you use that it is closed tightly to avoid mess.
  5. If your colour isn’t evenly distributed over the pasta, simply sprinkle in another teaspoon of vinegar.  Don’t worry if your pasta looks wet, It will dry quickly.  The smell of vinegar will also disappear as it dries.
  6. Lay out flat on a tray to dry (dried super fast in the sun) or in front of fire if in winter. In sun ours drys withing 2 hours but if your using at a daycare etc and have a planned activity id prepare day before to be safe.
Now all you need for threading is some string cut to desired lengths, it is somewhat easier and less frustrating for budding #pasta jewellery designers for you to tie the first #pasta sorting on at one end to ensure all of the #pasta doesn’t fall off and they can just focus on holding one end as they go.

To see how easy it is here’s a wee demo complements of two kiddies in the #pasta jewellery zone…

The great thing about this #pasta it can be used for various other experiences such as colour sorting, or add to play dough with chop sticks or straws they can thread onto those or as the base of a sensory bin experience. The sky’s the limit!! I’d love to know what else you use your coloured pasta for so we can give it a go too… Feel free to share with us below so we can all learn and grow….

See You next week again

Your Kim


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