For our Indian theme week, Elle and I made pasta necklaces. I naively thought it would be a great activity to entertain two 2 year olds while their moms had a meeting...not so much. It worked much better as an activity with just Elle and I.
She probably had the most fun helping to make the colored pasta. We put the pasta in a ziploc bag, added a few drops of alcohol ink (we used Tim Holtz inks by Ranger) and then shook the bags until the pasta was evenly coated. The alcohol inks dry quickly so it was fast and easy. We then used clear elastic thread to make the necklaces. Elle is really into matching and colors so she had a great time mixing up the pasta and then separating it back into color groups. I think this would also be a fun activity to use for teaching patterns.