We took different pasta shapes and types and gave them colour by dying them with food colouring. A cheap and easy way to get rainbow pasta kids can use in play! The girls enjoy helping me tint the pasta different colours. I think they have more fun doing this part than actually using them later to create patterns.
I found Fun Foam for really cheap at the dollar store but you can also find it at Wal-Mart. Fun Foam comes in all sorts of shapes, colours and themes. We use it a lot to do various arts & crafts activities.
We played with fun foam cut-out shapes and used them to create changing patterns. We even used white glue to stick them onto paper so we could make some patterns we could keep and display.
When the girls became bored with the pasta and the Fun Foam shapes, I took out our super popular ink pad. Notice the colourful squares! The girls go bananas for this ink pad and they love using our little collection of stamp stencils to create pictures and patterns on paper.This ink pad was purchased at a local Teacher Resource store I shop at but I’ve also seen something similar at Stapes. It’s a definite hit in our house. Little H actually gets a little crazy with it and will try to stamp patterns on her arms and legs. We’re working on this …
A lovely Melissa and Doug Stamp Set I purchased at Toys R Us.
Last but not least, we took our favourite cereal of Fruit Loops along with some string and made pattern necklaces. The girls love pretending to make their own jewelry.
The part they look forward to the most, however, is getting to eat their necklaces once their done.
It’s all in the name of having fun while we learn!
What fun activities do you do at home with your kids?
Would love to hear some of them!
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