This DIY pasta bead recipe is so easy to make. Not only does it save you money but you can customize the colors and they turn out great! I love making these beads because they are so versatile in the classroom.
Using Pasta Beads in the Classroom
Not only are pasta beads they fun for arts and crafts, but they also work well as a math manipulative and for fine-motor skill activities. Here are just a few examples of how you can use them in the classroom.
Arts and Crafts: Let's start with the obvious. You can use pasta beads to make wearable jewelry like necklaces and bracelets. However, they can also be glued to sturdy paper like card stock to make mosaic art.
Math Manipulative: Pasta beads can also be used during math for counting, sorting by color, or making patterns. They can also be used as a manipulative for ten frames, solving equations, or for story problems.
Fine Motor Skills: To practice fine motor skills and strengthen hand muscles you can have students use plastic tweezers to manipulate the beads. This will require a little more skill than if they just use their hands to pick up the beads.
2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol
3 drops food coloring
1. Mix together the pasta with 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and three drops of food coloring.
2. Drain the excess liquid and spread it out to dry on a cookie sheet. Tip: Make sure that the pasta doesn't get too wet in the process or it will start to soften and stick together.