Preschool Learning: Pasta Necklace Math Activity
What you need:
- Various kinds of macaroni, penne, ziti, wagon wheels (anything with a hole so you can string it)
- String or yarn
- For older children: colored crafting or jewelry beads
- For younger children: If your child is too young to string things together, or if you don't happen to have some macaroni in the house, you can just use colored stacking blocks
- Have your child choose a bunch of differently shaped pasta
- Paint each piece of pasta different colors and let the noodles dry.
- Cut a piece of string long enough to go around your child's head (for a necklace) or waist (for a belt).
- To avoid having the noodles fall off the string, tie a piece of pasta or bead to one end of the string.
- Have your child link the noodles or beads together to create a pattern of colors or shapes.
- For little learners: Easy patterns involve two colors/shapes: red, blue, red, blue
- For advanced & older children: Try creating a pattern that repeats both colors and shapes. More complex patterns involve more variables, such as:
Red, blue, yellow, red, blue, yellow
Red, red, blue, blue, red, red, blue, blue
Red, blue, yellow, green, red, blue, yellow, green.
- When your pattern is complete, attach another noodle to the other end of the string.
- Then tie the ends together for a colorful necklace (or even a belt!) of perfectly patterned craft!
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