Saturday, February 26, 2011

Making Painted Macaroni: Preschool Kids Crafts Project #41

KIDS PRESCHOOL CRAFTS PROJECT #41: Making Painted Macaroni
Crafts for all abilities! A Great Sensory Project for Preschool Children!
for Ages 3 Years and Up    

Supplies Needed:
  • Several Boxes of Macaroni/Pasta. Small shapes works best for later uses. We most liked Ditalini, Elbow, and Mini Bow Ties.
    HINT: Because I Love You I'll tell you NOT to use the mini alphabet letters/numbers that we used (the red one above), or the one that looks like rice (purplish brown color above). Those were both too small and really stuck together and took a LONG time to dry!
  • Poster Paint (tempera paint) or Finger Paint in red, blue, green, yellow, and purple
    You will have to add a dash of cold water if you use finger paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Several Deep Craft Bowls or Mixing Bowls (may stain so don't use anything important to you)
  • Large Flat area to let painted macaroni dry
  • Aluminum Foil or Waxed Paper
  • Several Cookie Sheets
  • Newspaper or Plastic Trash Bags To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 10-15 Minutes per macaroni plus drying time
What To Do: 
  1. Open and pour out an inch or two of macaroni #1 into your bowl.
  2. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of Red Paint (or your choice) and stir until all macaroni is coated with paint.
    HINT: If you used finger paint you will need to add a tiny bit of cold water to make the paint less thick. If you leave the paint on too thick it will take a very long time to dry out and will tend to clump together a great deal.
  3. Add more macaroni #1 if you think there is too much paint.
    HINT: You want the macaroni colored but not dripping and goopy. How's that for a technical description?
  4. Put waxed paper or aluminum foil on a cookie sheet.
  5. Scoop your painted macaroni onto the covered cookie sheet and spread out the macaroni as much as possible. Try to have it only 1 layer deep.
    This was our BLUE elbow macaroni on aluminum foil.
    Our blue looked greenish even when finished, but still different from the green.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the next color with the next macaroni. 
  7. Continue until you've used all the macaroni and all the colors you wanted.
    From top left that's green mini bow ties, red alphabet & numbers,
    blue elbows, purple rice size macaroni, and yellow ditalini

  8. Let macaroni dry completely.
    HINT: This may take only an hour or two, or may require overnight. It depends on how much paint you used and how much water was added.
    NOTE: Don't panic if you notice that it's all sticking together. While you should try to dry it out flat (not piled up), most of the stuck together pieces can be separated once they're completely dry.
  9. Once it's all completely dry you can remove it from the cookie sheets and play with it in a deep bin. My kids did this for at least an hour. Add some cups and a spoon or sand scoop for more fun!
    HINT: Separate clumps the best you can.

  10. When done playing (for now) put each color into its own sealed plastic bag or airtight container with lid.

  11. Of course I'm going to give you crafts to do with this - but that's tomorrow :)
  12. ENJOY! You're done!
  13. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose which macaroni type to do each time as well as what color to make it!

If your child is a sensory seeker he will love this activity! The macaroni is fun to pour into the bowl - it has an interesting shape and makes a loud sound when it hits the bowl. Then, it's exciting to stir the noisy macaroni as the brightly colored paint starts to color all of it. Then, he gets to scoop it out, put it on the cookie sheet, and spread it around. (BTW, waxed paper and aluminum foil and fun to handle all by themselves!) Finally, when he thinks the fun might be over it's time to do the next one! Plus, you can let the macaroni stirring go on as long as you want. In between paint colors, he can wash his hands in warm, soapy water too!

Once the macaroni is dry you can put it in deep plastic bowls and let it be handled, poured, scooped, mixed etc. It's a great sensory activity!

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by mixing paint colors together. We mixed blue and red to make purple!

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.

Check out these FREE Food Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     
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