Dry pasta makes lots of fun activities! Macaroni type works best because your child can thread it. In this activity, I flattened some homemade play dough (flour, water, salt, and olive oil) and affixed the pasta vertically in the dough. I modeled placing the toothpicks into the pasta’s hollow center and turned it over to Little K. This activity kept her busy for a good 20 minutes 🙂
To simplify the task, have the child line the pasta up in the dough. To advance it, affix the toothpicks vertically in the dough and have the child thread the pasta over the toothpicks.