Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pasta Magnets

 When we were at the Asian grocery store the other day I spotted this fun bag of floral  pasta that I just had to buy because I knew it would be good for something or other.
Today I remembered that I also had some alphabet noodles I had picked up on clearance at HEB. Since we were having a neighbor girl over to play this afternoon, it seemed the perfect time to plan a project.

To dye the pasta, I squeezed a healthy amount of food coloring into containers with the pasta and then added a few splashes of rubbing alcohol.  I stirred, and then let them soak for about 10 minutes and then poured onto a paper towel to dry (took about 20 minutes to dry completely)
The easiest way to make the magnets was to peel the backing off of adhesive-backed magnet sheets and arrange the pieces of pasta on the stickiness (it held them just fine).

But for those who wanted a white background, I let them use a small amount of Elmer's clear glue (administered with a toothpick)
I really liked the rows of colorful flowers- would have been a good project for teaching patterns as well!

1 comment:

maryanne @ mamasmiles said...

What fun! Your pasta is so pretty!