Monday, November 11, 2013

Stop Abusing Alcohol! (a tutorial)

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' with a helpful hint.  
So, I frequently hear (and read) about teachers painstakingly dyeing and drying macaroni with food coloring and alcohol.  I hear about pasta pieces sprawled out all over their kitchen to dry.  I hear about pasta sticking together. I hear about stained fingers. This is going to be not only a time saving hint, but a headache avoiding hint as well.  It is so unbelievably simple, I couldn't believe it worked until I tried it.  

Materials:  4 oz. (1/4 of the box) of salad macaroni, a squirt of food coloring, any paper or plastic bag

Simply put the macaroni in a bag, add just food coloring (I do a quick squirt across the top) and shake immediately.  The macaroni absorbs the color and dries almost instantaneously.

You can use the other 3/4 box for 3 other colors.  The box makes enough for 25 necklaces, which we will string as we learn about Native Americans.  I encourage patterns and have my kinders name their patterns with a-d. Some years I even have my kinders help shake.

Now, stop abusing alcohol and have fun shaking!


  1. I've never had to dye beads, but now that my own kids are getting older, I'll have to try it!

    Thanks for linking up with Blog Hoppin'!

  2. WOW, we make pattern necklaces every year and I couldn't deal with the whole dying process so we colored ours with markers......DOUBLE MESS! I can't wait to try out this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!