Indoor craft projects are never more welcome than during the cold winter months or a rainy day. As a parent, be open to opportunities all around you to show your child creative new ways to use familiar materials. One inexpensive art medium is dry pasta. I grab a few boxes of different shapes when they go on sale at the grocery store and even though we eat some, I keep an assortment of shapes for art projects. Entice your kids to explore shape, size and even texture with the following pasta art activities.
Provide your kids with white copy paper, stamp pads or shallow dishes of poster paint and several types of pasta. Think about rigatoni, spirals, wagon wheels, sea shells, elbows and so on. Show the kids how to make prints using the sides of the pasta. As they stamp, help the children notice the different shapes and textures the pasta is creating.
Pasta Poinsettia Picture
‘Tis the season for the Poinsettia plant, whether during the holidays or winter months. The kids will need the following pasta shapes: wagon wheels, bow-ties, wavy noodles and spaghetti. Have them glue the wagon wheel in the center of the paper surrounding it with bow-tie pasta glued horizontally around the wheel to make the flower petals. Add a spaghetti stem and wavy noodles for the leaves. After all the pasta has been glued and dry, invite the children to paint the pasta the appropriate colors. Show them a picture or a real plant to follow.
First decide on your theme for the picture and the colors you will need for the project. Mosaics are pictures made with small pieces of a material glued together – in this case dry lasagna noodles are perfect for kids to paint, break and glue onto cardboard to make a picture. Take a flat lasagna noodle for each color and paint one side. Let the noodles dry for about 30 minutes. As soon as the paint is dry, break each noodle into small pieces in a variety of shapes.
Sketch the picture onto cardboard. Follow your outline, filling in the design with the pieces of broken pasta. Fit the pieces as closely together as you can. When you are happy with the display, carefully lift each piece and glue it in place.
Tape some waxed paper on the table and provide the children with a variety of noodles and pasta shapes. Place a shallow layer of glue in a coffee can lid. Invite the kids to dip the pasta shapes into the glue and stick these pasta pieces together. Do this over the waxed paper so the constructions can dry and not stick to the bottom surface. Allow the projects to dry completely before picking them up from the paper. These freeform ornaments can be painted or brushed lightly with glue and sprinkled with glitter. Thread with ribbon for hanging. Use these as decorative touches for any room for any holiday. Think about trees, snowflakes, angels, people, animals and more.
Indoor art is an excellent outlet for killing time on a day when outdoor active play is not feasible. Just think about how fine motor projects help with dexterity and creativity. We’d love to hear about your ideas for pasta projects. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Source: Personal Experience
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