{DIY} Colorful Craft Pasta

displayColored Pasta is great for art projects, sensory bins, sorting, stringing on yarn and so much more. It’s a fun way to reinforce the concept of colors and it’s also a great way to build fine motor. I thought it would be the perfect thing for my {almost} 2-year old son to explore with since he’s really interested in colors right now! The best part—it’s so easy and inexpensive to make!

IngredientsStep 1: Gather your ingredients.

4 baggiesStep 2: Put the pasta into Ziploc baggies. I put a couple of handfuls of pasta into each baggie.

pasta dyeingStep 3: Add the rubbing alcohol and food coloring. Pour about 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into each bag of pasta. Then add about 8-10 drops of food coloring per bag and seal up the baggies. Don’t worry about being exact in these measurements. You can adjust the food coloring depending on how rich in color you want the pasta to be. Next, gently shake each bag to mix the liquid around. Let the pasta sit and soak up the color for about 1-2 hours. It’s helpful to mix everything around again about halfway through.

pasta drying bestStep 4: Pour the pasta out the baggies and let it dry overnight.

finished pasta newThe pasta will soak up all the liquid overnight and in the morning the pasta will be colorful and ready for fun projects, like the one I helped my son with!

gluing pastaMy son had fun gluing the pasta onto construction paper…

so funAnd he enjoyed naming all of the colors too :)!

finishedI can’t wait to do many more projects with him using this fun pasta!

*This pasta will last for a while as long as you don’t get it wet. It’s great for toddlers and up, but as with any activity like this, you are the judge of when your child is ready for something like this. I closely supervised my son while he was gluing the pasta onto paper.


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