Dry pasta crafts are anything but dry when you add an art history twist to them! Teach your child how to make a work of art with just a simple flower design, inspired by the great pastel paintings of Georgia O'Keefe. Collect a variety of dried pasta, paint them in your favorite pastel colors and glue them to a close-up drawing or photo of a flower. Your child will really get to use his noodle with this project!
Have your child sketch a large, single flower onto the cardstock. Some flowers have more detailed petals than others—you can experiment to find the best one!
Choose the types of pasta that best suit the flower, depending on their shapes. For example, penne are great for pointy petals, shells are good for roses, and long noodles are great for blades of grass.
Have your child mix up some pastel colors and paint the pasta. Let them dry completely.
Have your child fill in the design with the pasta pieces, following the outline of the flower sketch. Glue each piece in place.
For a mosaic effect, break lasagna noodles into pieces and fit them into the design.
Add glitter at the end if you want some sparkle!
Tania K. Cowling is a former early childhood teacher and author of teacher resource books. Her Together Time crafts have been featured in print magazines and on the Internet.