P Is For Pasta
We have been learning about the letter “P” for our Letter Of The Week. You can read a summary of our Letter Of The Week “P” here and I will add more links as I get them published. Be sure to check the side bar for more stories and helpful how to’s for the Letter Of The Week.
Making colored pasta is very easy and a frugal craft to do with your kids. Pictured below is about $0.20 worth of pasta in the containers, and we will have left overs to use again. It can be used later in lots of different ways besides this letter art project today. It can also be used in a bin to hide learning objects in, to fill containers to make musical instruments, to use it as a medium to make collages or other art projects, to string and make jewelry or sew it onto a card or use a funny button on a felt outfit or puppet. You can also make it a fun science project when you include the children and let them experiment with various colors and learn about staining objects. See our colored rice project here for ideas on using pasta in place of rice for a science project and lots of other ideas.
To see the directions for making colored pasta, read here. We made ours pink for the letter “P”.
On a tray, I placed a piece of white paper with the letter “P”. I traced a lid for the circle and a book edge for the line of the letter P. Then I free handed the inner circle. I traced it in pencil first and then with a pink crayon over the pencil line (if you are setting out this activity for older children, you can let them make the letter ‘P” themselves too). I also set out some glue, a Q tip, and pink pasta on the tray.
Playing with colored pasta is a really fun sensory experience. My 3 year old loves to feel it flow and move between her fingers as she scoops up a handful and then lets it slowly fall back into the pile. She can hear it go “tap tap” as it falls. It makes a “whoosh” sound as she scoops it up again. Visually she sees a single piece of pasta as well as a mass of pieces together. She can mound them up or press them down. She can remove one, or some, to see how they look individually too.
After my daughter had her fill of playing in the pasta, it was time to make the letter “P”.
I squirted dots of glue inside the “P” .
She used a Q tip to spread the glue. I asked her if she thought she could paint the glue inside the lines and she said “sure I can” and I was impressed that she kept it all in.
Sometimes how you present the idea makes all the difference in a child understanding the concept. On the other hand, if they are not ready, they may not understand, no matter how many ways you present the idea.
About this time, younger brother age 2 decided he wanted to make one too. I had anticipated this and had a tray ready for him, minus the plate of pasta. I wrongly assumed they could share the same container of pasta. Oh boy, an argument ensued! This is what I mean that even if you try to explain a concept, (such as today we are sharing one plate of pasta to make our letter p) they may not quite understand or agree. In this case, neither child wanted the other child to have the container with the special valuable sensory exploding pasta, so I ended up dividing it into two plates of pasta, one for each.
I was quite pleased that they went right back to the activity as soon as a second container of treasured pasta came to the rescue.
The two year old would add some pasta and then go back and paint a little bit with his Q tip in the next spaces. I think he had more fun with the Q tip as he was exploring how it smeared the glue and then how the glue made the pasta stick to the page.
They both had a lot of fun with this activity, and next time I will use the leftover pasta to practice learning to spell their names. Maybe we will use a rainbow of colored pasta next time.
I thought it was interesting how both the 3 year old and the 2 year old followed directions, but ended up with a slightly different looking “P”.
How do you play and learn with pasta? Leave us a comment. Thanks!
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