Thursday, June 21, 2012


Rainbow Colored Pasta Beading

Beading is such a fun way to reinforce patterns and colors, let children strengthen fine-motor skills while designing and creating, and provide a fun and engaging sensory experience!  A couple weeks ago I shared how to easily color your own pasta.  You can do this with any shape, but one of the reasons we used bead-like noodles was so we could make necklaces. 

 Simple Supplies:

* Your own rainbow colored pasta (or other beads!), separated by colors

* String or yarn

* Scissors to trim the yarn


Easy How-to:

1.  Cut a piece of string or yarn about two feet long.

2.  Tie one end of the string or yarn to a bead to prevent the rest of the beads from falling off the string.

3.  If you're using yarn (or string that will unravel), wrap a piece of tape tightly around the other end so your child can thread the beads easily.

4.  If your child has never beaded before, show her how to slide a bead on the string.  Then keep her company and talk with her while she works.  This is a great time to use color, pattern, and counting vocabulary!  Just remember to let your child be the artist!  ;)

5.  When the string is full, tie it off for your child; or, if your child can make knots, let her tie it!

Wear it proudly!  I've had boys and girls 1-5 years old love this project...and they'll love it even more if you'll make one too!

 I may share at any of these parties!


Bethany said...

This looks like so much fun! It's a great fine motor activity, and it looks like she is so proud of her beautiful necklace! Too cute :)

I'm hosting a Summer Sensory Fun Link Party today through next week, and would absolutely love it if you would link up this post! It's perfect! I hope you'll swing by and visit--it would be great to have you!

♥ Bethany

Beth ( said...

What a fun activity. And I like the muffin tin to seperate the colors!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! If you have a moment I'd love your vote in Circle of Moms Top 25 Homeschooling blogs ( - Thanks!!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Bethany! I just linked up!

Thanks, Beth! I love TGIF!

Mackenzie said...

How fun! Looks like your little girl loved it too! :) Thanks for sharing on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes last weekend! We love having you join us and hope to see you again this weekend! See you soon!
Mackenzie :)

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Mackenzie!