Activities: Penne 500
Make and race pasta matchbox cars!
- Pasta:Pick up all different shapes and sizes, but make sure to have some penne, wagon wheels and rigatoni.
- Tacky glue or a hot glue gun and glue sticks:Buy tacky glue cheap at Save on Crafts. Remember, kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing!
- Food coloring:In multiple colors.
- Rubbing alcohol:Supervise and use caution while using rubbing alcohol.
- Measuring spoons and cup
- Plastic freezer bag:We love the easy-zipper kind.
- Wax paper
- Stickers and markers:To "detail" the mean road machines.
- First, help your kid dye the pasta with food coloring. Forget painting, this is a super easy way to make colorful pasta for all kinds of noodle crafts.
- Pour ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol into the zipper bag.
- Add one tablespoon of food coloring.
- Put in the pasta and shake the bag to get all of the pasta coated.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour depending on how saturated you want the color.
- Poke a hole in the bottom of the bag to drain the liquid out (over the sink!).
- Then dump the pasta out onto a sheet of newspaper covered with wax paper and let it dry.
- One bag per color. Obviously don't let anyone eat the pasta after it's been dyed! (We had to say it.)
- When the pasta is a plethora of pretty colors, get down to making some cool cars.
- Have him use a tubular pasta (like penne or rigatoni) as the body of the car.
- Use the hot glue to stick two wagon wheel pastas onto one side of the penne. Let it dry for a minute or two and then turn it over on its side and then glue on the other two wheels.
- Have your kid add a small macaroni as a steering wheel.
- Use the stickers and markers to personalize each car. No race car is complete without a bunch of sponsorship plastered across the hood!
- Let it all dry.
- Get your kid to make a whole fleet of cars for his Penne 500.
- When they're all finished, have a "race" on the kitchen floor. It's a little more Mario & Luigi than Mario Andretti, but your kid won't mind!