We had the privilege of hosting our neighborhood play group holiday party here about two weeks ago. We ended up having six or seven families all with one three-year old and possibly another younger sibling over for potluck. It went super well and totally spurred me to clean up the house really well (I even dusted!), which in my mind is one of the main reasons to schedule parties at my house. If I don’t, I never really feel any pressure to really organize and clean besides the daily dishes, laundry, floors, and weekly bathroom cleaning.
I wanted to create something for the kids to do when they got to the point of craziness that could calm them down for a couple of minutes, that wasn’t too hard or messy and that they could take home as a favor (either assembled or unassembled). So, I made pasta necklace kits. Clara helped. I got this idea from my friend Kim and from this blog. Thanks, guys!
Here’s how to make your own:
Place five to seven pumps of hand sanitizer and two or three drops of food coloring into your zip top bag. Close and smoosh. Add pasta and smoosh again. Repeat for as many different colors as you would like. We made a whole rainbow! Let sit for about half an hour, then remove to paper towels and let dry (for about an hour).
A few hints: the noodles break easily, so this works better to make on a table rather than the floor. We had so many kids that we did it on the floor and by the end of the night the playroom carpet was covered in noodle pieces. The dye may leak through the paper towels as the noodles are drying, so place them on cardboard or something else that you don’t mind tye-dying. If your child guests are very little you may want to wrap a little scotch tape around one end of the yarn to act as the “threading” end and make it a little easier. Most of the three-year olds were able to do this without it, though.