Add aforementioned paint, to aforementioned pasta.
(or rice. or beans. or really, whatever.)
If you want to participate in the next project, use something with a hole.
They will want to feel it, smell it, probably even taste it.
Ask open ended questions.
"What does this remind you of?"
"Peas! Carrots! Corn"
"Did I not feed you guys today?
"What does it smell like?"
Hmm, maybe I need to get a new recipe?
For some unknown reason, I can only post four pictures per post. If somebody has a remedy for this, enlighten me!
Our next project involves aforementioned tinted pasta and dental floss, or string, or whatever.