I love the simplicity of this artistic sensory activity with everything needed can be found in our home. And this simple play idea can get kids engaged for quite a while – mixing colors and trying different combinations.
I have used the muffin tin to hold paint and pasta, and we made a simple drying rack using foam block (it was in a package from something we purchased recently) with grill bamboo skewers.
Both of my girls – primary school and toddler, enjoyed playing and painting their pasta each with her own paint brush. I have placed underneath a bath towel because this type of activity always ends up messy! Better safe than sorry was a motto!
This was first time toddler did this type of painting. I mean, 3D object, something not flat and she was totally up for a challenge! Of course, a lot more paint was used than was necessary to actually paint pasta! But it’s all part of the fun! Dripping paint everywhere! Did I mention towel?
The little one is a bit of “Mom, look, I spilled it! Please, clean my hands!” and I was afraid she wouldn’t want to paint pasta because the paint was more on her hands than on pasta. Think that it really helps when she sees a big sister doing the activity with joy!
Yes, very fast they started mixing color to see what new color will come out. For an older kid, I had to bring in some paper towels because, at this point, her fingers were so covered in paint, she could start finger or hand painting!
This is one of those “Mom, I need to clean up my hands!” moments. Love my little purist! Of course, mom said: You’ll clean it up when you’re done the painting! I love our simple pasta drying rack – it was a nice fine motor skill practice along with painting activity!
We are going to thread necklaces when our pasta is dry!
What are you doing with painted pasta?
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
TOMORROW WE ARE PLAYING WITH
Sensory Play using kitchen Cupboard Items!
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.