The kids always seem to enjoy playing with colorful things and it is a huge plus for them if they can do multiple things with their new found fascination. Earlier this week we made some colored pasta for playing with and I must admit it was a lot easier than I first expected it to be.
To make the colored pasta I used the same method as I did with the colored rice we made last month for a sensory activity.
How to make colored pasta
I gathered 5 little sandwich bags and put them in a plastic container to keep them upright. I added a little bit of vinegar as my base and a generous amount of food coloring. My 4 year old was more than happy to help me scoop the pasta into the bags. We added enough pasta to fill the bags half full each.
After an hour the coloring looked good and I opened the plastic zip bag just a little to pour off the liquids. I then emptied the wet colored pasta out on some wax paper and spread to dry. We had originally added 3 types of pasta, but it seems the one was not a good brand and just turned to mush, so I had to remove it.
It took about 4 hours to dry which was a lot longer then the rice we had made. The results are beautiful though and we have already done 2 crafts with them!
Suggestions for colored pasta play:
- Pasta Necklace
- Threading on a pipe cleaner
- Colored Pasta Sorting
How would you play with you colored pasta?