I’ve been really excited about the kids craft stars challenge this month with the material pasta. It’s not something we’ve worked with very often so it was an extra fun challenge for me. After looking at some elbows macaroni in my pantry I decided they were the perfect shape for making a fun and colorful pasta fish craft. The pasta adds awesome texture to our fish and they look like colorful scales so it was a perfect compliment.
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How to Make a Pasta Fish Craft
1. Start by painting your elbows macaroni pasta. To do this, I squired some paint into the bottom of a sandwich baggy, then poured a handful of pasta into the bag. Seal it shut and squish the pasta around to coat them with the paint. Once coated, pour them out onto a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to let them dry. Some of the pasta will come out in clumps stuck together, so use your fingers or a paintbrush to separate them. We chose to make three different colors of pasta. Do as many or as little as you want.
Note: You can also dye the pasta traditionally with food coloring or liquid watercolors, but the colors won’t turn out as bright as they will with acrylic paint.
2. Cut a fish shape out of your cardboard. I am not great at free handing so I searched for a fish shape on Google and used it for a pattern for our fish. Paint your fish and set it aside to dry completely.
3. Once your pasta and cardboard fish are dry it’s time for the fun part. Glue a googly eye onto your fish and then glue your pasta all over your fish to make fish scales and fun designs on your fish. Make sure to use a piece of pasta for the fish mouth because it works perfectly and brings the whole fish craft together.
I love how the the combination of bright colors turned out on our fish! There are so many fun books that would go along great with this pasta fish craft. Here are some that we love:
KIDS CRAFT STARS MONTHLY CHALLENGE
Have you made a fun craft with pasta lately? We want to see! You can share pictures to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag your photos with the hashtag #kidscraftstars. I will be sharing a few of my favorites every month. I hope you will join us throughout the year with all of our craft challenges. You can see our monthly schedule and materials below.
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Mr. Pasta Head Kids Art Project | hello, Wonderful
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