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3 Dried Pasta Activities

Inever thought I’d be the kind of mom that dyes macaroni (or joins the PTA), but turns out it’s actually quite easy, keeps forever, and there’s tons of ways to play with it, including our favorite three!! (Verdict still out on the PTA.)

Pasta Art

Take a plastic baggy, add some noodles, kool-aid andvinegar then shake it up and let it dry for about 20-30 minutes. We made 4 beautiful colors – yellow, green, purple, and red. The kids then used glue and paper to make their pasta masterpieces! We realized pretty quickly that with 3-year-olds it’s helpful to give them an outline if you want more of a finished product. 😉 

Play-Doh Structures

This is my favorite, because I love watching the kids try to build things. I had to help a little, but the kids got totally into it. You can use the dough as a base, loop the smaller noodles through the bigger ones and let creativity take over!

Kitchen Play

This is something our friend Olivia discovered. She and Ford made us lots of different soup creations and I love that you can store it all for later use.  Just know that you might have to fake eat a lot of macaroni.  



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.