What do you do when your pantry is full of pasta and you still have coupons to get more pasta for 30 cents a box? You dye it!
-Place pasta in a plastic bag
-Pour your pasta onto a plate with a paper towel and let it dry!
-If your little one becomes impatient, place it outside to speed up the drying time....
- Sorting by colors
- Sorting shapes of pasta (bowties, corkscrews, penne, etc.)
- Counting Pasta
- Making Patterns
- Pasta Art
- "Which one doesn't belong?" (3 of the same, 1 different)
Just a side note: Jonah (2 years old) immediately started sorting without much guidance from Mommy! He sorted by colors (I only gave him 2 colors to start with) and he sorted by shape (I gave him all the same color and he sorted "butterflies" and "horns"...he even named the pasta!)
I used dyed pasta in my kindergarten class all the time for cheap manipulatives for math skills/games. The possibilities are endless!
Now go dye pasta, your kids will think you're even more awesome than you already are...