One recent night after the kids had gone to bed, I decided to make some rainbow colored penne pasta for the kids to use in some projects. The first project we made with the colored pasta was to string together some rainbow necklaces. This is a perfect activity for kids working on learning their colors. It is also a great St. Patrick’s activity. Plus, any sort of beading or stringing work supports the development of fine motor skills. So this activity is a win-win all around!
Note: You can find this and other activities that support fine motor development on my Fine Motor Activities for Kids page.
To string our rainbow necklaces, I gathered the following materials:
- Rainbow colored penne pasta
- Necklace string
I invited the kids to put the colored pasta on to the string following a rainbow pattern. Learning how to thread string through various shaped holes is an important fine motor skill for young kids to practice. This task was challenging but not impossible for my kids, making it just the right developmental level for them to grow.
Grandmum was with us when we did this activity, and she and I worked with the kids to put the colored pasta on their necklaces in the right order to make a rainbow.
For XGirl’s benefit, we talked about each color as she put it on her necklace.
Such pretty colors!
After the kids completed one rainbow, they decided to make another. (Yay for patterning!)
And when they finished, they of course wanted to proudly wear their work!