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Colored pasta is a staple item for kids craft activities. I have to confess that despite working in early learning environments for many years I never actually knew how to make colored pasta- until today. I always put it in the too hard category, but in reality I didn't have a clue how to make it. Making colored pasta is much easier than I thought. In fact it took me less than 10 minutes to have it all ready, and then I just needed to let it dry. There are so many great activities that you can do with your toddler using colored pasta. You can sort it, thread it, glue it, mix it, use it in a sensory box and so much more. My toddlers started using it in place of the pom poms in this activity that we did earlier in the week. I also love that it is so cheap - each bag of pasta is less than $1 and I even managed to find dinosaur pasta which has been a big hit! A litt1le tip if you have pets - my dogs discovered that they LOVE colored pasta so keep it away from them or you might catch them snacking on it like I did!

We love to use our colored pasta in our sand and water play tables. Add scoops and containers and it will keep them entertained for at least 30 mins (that's a long time for a toddler - at least it is for mine!).

What you need

How to make pasta colored

  • Pasta (you can use any kind, I bought a few bags and mixed them up for a bit of variety). Be aware of the size of the pasta you are buying as some of the smaller ones could be a choking hazard.
  • White vinegar (I bought the cheapest brand)
  • Zip Lock bags - you will need 2 for each color (1 for the mixture and 1 to store the dried pasta in). You can use containers for mixing the colors, but be aware that the food coloring will stain
  • Grease proof paper
  • Food coloring

What to do

  1. Tip a variety of pasta into a zip lock bag
  2. Add a tablespoon of vinegar
  3. Add food coloring (as much as needed to create your desired color)
  4. Shake the bag until all of the pasta is covered in vinegar. If there is not enough, add a tiny bit more vinegar how to make colored pasta step 2
  5. Lay the pasta on grease proof paper to dry. You need to separate the pasta so that it doesn't stick together when it dries. colored pasta drying
  6. Wait for the pasta to dry. I left mine for about 3 hours in the sun, but the actual time will depend on where you leave it.
  7. Store your pasta in a zip lock bag or pasta colored

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Selina F

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

I’ve just done 7 different colours of rice with the same process. They turned out fab!

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Sunday 26th of June 2016

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Saturday 25th of June 2016

What a great idea for the kids to do. Have to try this with my grandkids. Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday, Bev

Frugal Hausfrau

Friday 24th of June 2016

I thought of crafts immediately, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday! I peeked in earlier, but didn't get a chance to comment before now! Have a great weekend!


Theresa @DearCreatives

Friday 24th of June 2016

Awesome DIY! Love your tutorial. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & Shared See you again soon.