Play: Memorial Day Dyed Pasta Crafts
Coloring your own pasta is cheap and easy, and can be used for lots of fun projects. Here’s how to do it!
Put 1 tsp vinegar into a plastic bag. Add 20 drops of the desired color of food coloring.
Add 1/2 to 2/3 cup uncooked pasta of desired shape. We used ditalani.
Close the bag and give everything a good shake. Let them sit for 10 minutes, then shake again, and let sit for 10 more minutes.
Use your noodles to make pictures or necklaces, or use them for counting or sorting games!
When my son was young we used colored pasta and crayons to make this American flag. It’s 4 years old now and I get it out every year around this time! To make it, I drew the flag (yes, I know it’s not correct) and put dots of glue onto the paper. He added the noodles.
More recently the boys have enjoyed stringing pasta for necklaces or to use as decorations in their rooms. I like the ditalini for this because it has a nice big whole to put a string through.
|The boys strung noodles last month using lots of different
colors. I’m sure they would enjoy using patriotic
colors as well!
Books to Read
|Let’s Get Ready for Memorial Day by Lloyd Douglas
This book explains why we celebrate Memorial Day and shows a girl
and her dad bringing flowers to a war memorial.
|Memorial Day by Mir Tamin Ansary
This book is appropriate for elementary aged children and talks about
the history of Memorial Day and its roots in the Civil War. It also
describes different customs associated with Memorial Day.
It’s important to me that my kids grow up understanding that Memorial Day isn’t just a day off from school, or “the unofficial start of summer.” I hope these activities, books, and our attendance at our local Memorial Day parade will help them remember why we celebrate this important holiday.