Fun with Pasta & Paint

Today, while the older children were gone to their vocal/acting/Bible classes, the youngest three stayed home with me creating their own one-of-a-kind jewelry, while learning about color mixing and developing their fine motor skills.

Pasta Painting & Pasta Necklaces


  • Pasta (we chose four different types/shapes, but found that penne worked the best)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic cording (plastic “craft lace”)
  • styrofoam block
  • wooden skewers
  • plastic paint palette (for color mixing)
  • tray (or other work surface)
  • cups for (for rinse water for brushes)

I started off by giving each child a divided “lunch” tray with three types of pasta (regular penne, a smaller penne, and ziti) and a palette with three paint colors of their choice (although Dee insisted on having four colors).

To help the painted pasta dry faster, I fashioned a simple drying rack out of a styrofoam cube (from the dollar store) and some wooden skewers. (Note: although placing the pasta on the drying rack is great for fine motor development, the tips are sharp, so caution is advised for younger children.)

At some point during the painting activity, Dee and Rey took notice of their older sister mixing up some new colors in her palette (purple+white=lavender), so they wanted to try it out on their own.

Dee didn’t quite understand the importance of rinsing her brush between colors…but she had fun!

We allowed the pasta to dry while we ate lunch and went for a quick swim. (A note about the drying rack: the smaller penne did not fit on the skewers, and the ziti didn’t not fit well, due to the slight curve of it — so the regular penne worked best for these purposes).

Then we came back to “bead” our necklaces.

The Finished Project!

Don’t you just love Rey’s shirt? The wearable napkin!

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