Make macaroni necklaces, bracelets, anklets by putting straight macaroni in a jar, drop in a few drops of food coloring and shake gently until you get the desired color. You may need to add more food coloring and keep shaking.
Make several different colors. Spread on newspaper or paper towels to dry, then put each color into an old butter tub or other plastic container with a lid. Provide child with shoestring or yarn with end taped and let her/him make necklaces. This is also a good way to teach sorting and order after a while.