We recently made rainbow colored necklaces using dyed penne pasta. Because we had leftover pasta from the activity, I decided to use it by having the kids make their own pasta rainbows. This activity was one of several St. Patrick’s activities I have done with the kids. But it’s also a fun anytime activity that works on colors.
I started with the following materials:
- Rainbow colored pasta
- A blank rainbow drawn on to a sheet of paper (not my best artwork, but that’s okay :-))
QBoy immediately got to work laying down some glue for his first stripe of the rainbow.
He carefully laid the colored pasta down on to the glue.
As he reached the top of the arc, he said, “Hey, it’s curvy up here!”
His use of the word “curvy” made me realize the potential to work on some vocabulary during this activity as well. We talked about “sticky,” “curvy,” and “arc,” among other words.
While QBoy started with a very precise approach to building his rainbow, XGirl took a decidedly more random approach to building hers. 🙂
Nonetheless, after finishing up an arc and a half, QBoy decided he no longer wanted to follow the penciled arcs and he started to be creative with his rainbow as well.
This activity further provided a sensory experience, as both kids got glue on their hands. Neither of them particularly enjoys the feel of glue on their fingers, so I taught them how to rub their fingers together to get the glue off – at least as a stopgap measure until we could wash our hands in the sink.
In the end, both kids created a beautiful pasta rainbow.
More St. Patrick’s Day ideas for kids
More St. Patrick’s Day posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about St. Patrick’s Day
- Magic leprechaun rocks
- St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin
- Build a 3D rainbow
- Rainbow do-a-dot printable
- Magic fizzing shamrocks
- St. Patrick’s Day Printables Pack
- St. Patrick’s Day do-a-dot printables
- St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages